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Italian Rotini Casserole

kayla beyer | 26 October, 2022

            Italian Rotini Casserole

Prep. Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 110 min
Servings: 100


  • 6 lbs., 8 oz. Pasta, Spiral
  • 2 gals. Water, Boiling
  • 5 bags, Deeply Rooted Farms’ Italian Crumbles
  • 3 1⁄2 c. Onion, Frozen Diced
  • 1 qt. 1 c. Peppers, Green, Diced, Frozen
  • 1 #10 Can, 1 1⁄2 qts. Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1 qt. 2 c. Paste, Tomato, #10 Can
  • 1 #10 Can, 1 1⁄2 qts. Sauce, Tomato, #10 Can
  • 2/3 c. Sauce, Worcestershire, Bulk
  • 2 qts. 3 c. Water
  • 3 lbs. Cheese, Cheddar, Low Fat, Shredded


  • Serving = 3⁄4 c.
  • 2.5 oz. Meat/Meat Alternate
  • 1 oz. Equivalent Grain
  • 1⁄2 c. Red/Orange Vegetable
  • 1⁄4 c. Other Vegetable


  1. Prepare pasta according to manufactures directions.*
  2. Prepare Deeply Rooted Crumbles per package using stove-top directions.
  3. Add the onions and green peppers to the Italian Crumbles. Sauté the crumbles mixture for 2 minutes, or until onions are lightly browned.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and water to make the crumbled spaghetti sauce mixture.
  5. Bring this crumbled spaghetti sauce mixture to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. CCP: Heat to 155°F or higher for 17 seconds at the completion of the cooking process.
  6. Combine the crumbled spaghetti sauce mixture with the cooked rotini. Cook the mixture over medium heat, uncovered until heated through (5 to 10 minutes).
  7. Portion about 7 quarts of rotini and Italian Crumbles per full-size steam table pan.
  8. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over pans. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. CCP: Heat to 165°F or higher for 15 seconds at the completion of the cooking process. If the manufacturer’s instructions on the package or case have a higher temperature, follow those recommendations.
  9. Portion 3⁄4 c. per serving using a 6-ounce spoodle per serving.

*Pasta prepared for casseroles is undercooked and will continue to cook to al dente during baking. Pasta may also be cooked in a steamer or combi oven. Different steamers and combi ovens vary in time and settings, so check with the manufacturer for correct instructions. Pasta amounts are based on USDA Food Buying Guide. Overcooking or hot-holding pasta for long periods of time will increase the volume and the yield.