Bring water to boil with salt and cook pasta according to package instructions. Strain and keep aside.
Cook the Ground Meat
Prepare the fresh ingredients. Slice the onion, chop the garlic and slice the mushrooms.
Heat up a skillet with olive oil and saute onions soft over a medium heat setting.
Stir in chopped garlic and saute for a minute or two over the same heat setting.
Add in the sliced mushrooms. Keep over a medium to high heat setting and try to stir and mix when they start to reduce in size.
Turn the heat down to medium and continue to saute mushrooms until they have reduced considerably.
Make some space in the center and stir in ground beef. Keep over the same medium heat setting and stir cook for a minute so that it all gets mixed up.
Season with salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Use oregano if you can't get Italian seasoning.
Mit it all up and cook over a medium flame for a few more minutes until beef isn't red anymore.
Take the pan from the heat.
Assembling in the baking dish
Preheat your oven to 320 Fahrenheit/160 Celsius.
Spread whole peeled canned tomatoes in your rectangular baking dish. I like to just smash and break the tomato pieces with my spatula.
Pour in tomato sauce and season with salt and basil. Mix it up.
Place cooked pasta into the casserole dish to the tomato. Also, add the ground-cooked beef mixture to the baking dish.
Stir and mix the contents of the johnny marzetti, so that the pasta is evenly coated with tomato and beef sauce.
Top evenly with cheese.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake covered first for 20 mins at 320 Fahrenheit/160 Celsius.
Take out and uncover the dish, take it back to the oven and finish baking uncovered at 320 Fahrenheit/160 Celsius for another 10 minutes. I like to use the broiler function so that cheese gets crunchy and the dish gets some color on top.
Serve up hot and enjoy.
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