Italian Party Pasta


2 pounds ground beef
3 garlic cloves minced
1 green pepper chopped
2 medium onions chopped
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 19 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 pound sliced mushrooms
½ teaspoon oregano
1½ teaspoons dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
5 cups dry shell, rigatoni or other large pasta
2 cups sour cream
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 cups 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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