Italian Party Casserole

Italian Party Casserole

2 lbs. ground beef

3 garlic cloves minced

1 green pepper chopped

2 medium onions chopped

15 oz. can tomato sauce

19 oz. can crushed tomatoes

10 oz. can sliced mushrooms

1/2 t. oregano

1 1/2 t. basil

salt and pepper to taste

5 C. dry shell, rigatoni or other large pasta

2 C. sour cream

2 C. grated cheddar cheese

2 C. mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet combine beef, garlic and onions. Cook and stir until browned. Drain grease off.

Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, oregano and basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Cook pasta and drain.

In a 4 quart casserole, layer 1/2 of the pasta. Top with 1/2 of the meat sauce, 1/2 of the sour cream and 1/2 of the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers and top with the mozzarella cheese.

Cover and bake at 350°F. for 45 minutes. Remove cover and continue to bake until cheese is melted and brown.

Serves 10 – 12.

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