Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pizza Casserole

I am sure many of you have seen this casserole all over the internet. I first came across it on Pinterest and just new I had to try it out!! I mean who doesn't love any form of pizza. I needed to take a meal in to some friends and was trying to decide what to take and decided this would be the perfect thing and so I made a pan for us as well and boy was it tasty!! If you need a meal to take to a friend or just in general love pizza this pasta is for you and your kids will gobble it up. Serve it with french bread and a salad and you have a top notch meal!! And once again I know my photography skills are subpar but don't let them deter you from making this!!
Pizza Casserole
1 lb pork sausage(i used half ground beef half sausage)
1 large onion, chopped
2 T. minced garlic
1 tsp dried oregano or italian seasoning
50-60 oz of spaghetti or pizza sauce(I use my homemade spaghetti sauce)
1/2 to 1 lb ham, cooked and cubed(I used lunch meat ham)
1/2 to 1lb pepperoni
24 oz shredded mozzarella cheese(i used half moz and half sharp cheddar)
6 T. parmesan cheese
1 lb pasta of your choice( i used bowtie)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Cook sausage/hamburger with onion, garlic, and oregano utnil browned, drain the grease off. In a greased 9x13 pan.Pour a enough sauce in the bottom of the pan to coat the bottom. Then layer the ingredients like so: pasta, sausage and onion mixture, 1 cup of cheese and 2 T of parmesan cheese, ham. Then sauce, pasta, sausage, 1 cup cheese, parmesan cheese, ham. Repeat layers if necessary. ending with the last cup of cheese on top and the pepperoni's layered on the top completely covering the whole dish like the picture down below. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly and pepperonis are crispy. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. If you like peppers or olives on your pizza you may add those to this as well. Make it how you like your pizza!!!

Spaghetti Sauce
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, green red orange or yellow or a mixture, chopped
2 T. minced garlic
1- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1-28 oz can diced tomatoes
2 T. tomato paste
2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic salt
1 T. dried parsley
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic and cook until veggies are tender. Add in everything else. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over favorite pasta or use for favorite pasta dishes.

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