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Johnny Mazzetti

The ingredients given are for large quantities of this Panamian delice. Just right to organize a Panama themed party or feed a crowd at any occasion.


1 1⁄2 lb beef (ground)
2 lb pork (ground)
6 onion (chopped)
6 clv garlic (chopped)
2 c bell pepper (sliced)
2 cn tomato (large, 2 lb each)
2 cn soup (tomato soup)
3 c mushroom (with liquid if from a can)
2 c olives (stuffed olives, sliced)
2 cn bell pepper (chopped)
1 bn parsley (chopped fresh leaves)
5 c cheese (grated, American cheese)
1 1⁄2 lb noodles (egg noodles, wide type)
1 T pepper (ground black pepper)
3 lf bay leaf
  salt (to taste)


  1. In a large skillet, saut?® the beef and pork in the oil. While the meats are still slightly pink add the garlic cloves, onions and peppers. Fry for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except the noodles and cheese. Simmer for 5 minutes over a low heat.
  2. Cook and drain noodles, follow the directions the back of the package.
  3. Heat oven to 275ºF (130ºC). Lightly grease a large, deep baking pan.
  4. Layer the noodles and meat mixture, starting with the noodles. Sprinkle the grated cheese on he top layer.
  5. Bake in a slow oven for 2 hours.
Total time
2 hours, 35 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
24 servings


Johnny Mazzetti freezes very well and we have been told that it tastes better every time it is re-heated. If you were not planning a Panama themed party, don't worry, prepare the amount given and freeze in smaller portions to have home made ready meals.


Panama food

This recipe for Johnny Mazzetti comes from the canal Construction Days. Some consider it original from the Canal Zone.

moderate, takes time
meat, pasta, main course
Panama food recipes