Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pizza Casserole.

I have casually mentioned this recipe to my husband several times over the past month, but never had the right opportunity to make it.  I finally got around to making it recently.  His response: "I don't know why you waited so long."  And he's right!  You'll want to get this on your menu for the coming week.  In fact, you may even want to put it together today so that tomorrow when you get home from work or school you can toss it in the oven and have a hearty and delicious meal ready in less than an hour.

Really, what's not to love about italian sausage, canadian bacon, pepperoni, lots of cheese, tomato sauce and pasta?  I promise you will not be disappointed.

Pizza Casserole.
(Recipe Adapted from Cully's Kitchen)
1 pound italian sausage
1 pound canadian bacon
1/2 package turkey pepperoni
1 medium onion (diced)
1 small can mushrooms
2 teaspoons dried garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 26-ounce cans of spaghetti sauce
2 15-ounce cans of pizza sauce
6 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (equally divided)
3 cups shredded parmesan cheese (equally divided)
1 pound medium sized pasta of your choice

Cook sausage, onion, mushrooms, garlic, and oregano until onions turn soft and sausage is cooked through.  Prepare pasta according to package directions.  Mix spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce together - placing a thin layer on the bottom of a deep 9x13 baking dish.  Add ingredients in the following order: 1/3 pasta, 1/3 sauce, sausage/onion/mushroom mixture, 1/3 cheeses, 1/3 pasta, 1/3 sauce, canadian bacon, 1/3 cheeses, remaining pasta, remaining sauce, remaining cheeses, pepperoni.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 40 minutes.  Allow to set for 10-15 minutes before serving.

I'm fairly certain that this recipe will replace traditional pizza in our house many times in the future.  Not completely, but it is a great substitute for those days we want pizza, but don't want to wait an hour and a half to make dough for the crust!!  And as with "real pizza" you can use your favorite pizza toppings within the casserole.  Green peppers - add 'em!  All pepperoni - it'll work!  Vegetarian - no problem!!

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