Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Menu Idea

I saw this recipe for Pizza Casserole on facebook last week.  My cousin's wife Jean Anne Ouellette had posted it and it looked so delicious I had to try it.

Pizza Casserole

1 (16 oz.) package uncooked rotini pasta
1 lb. ground Italian sausage
1 (24 oz.) jar pasta sauce  (I added an additional 12 oz. jar of pasta sauce for a saucier dish!)
1 (16 oz.) container cottage cheese ( I used ricotta, 'cause that's the way I roll!)
1 (2 1/4 oz.) can sliced black olives (I omitted these, as Mr. Eva won't eat them)
1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms, drained
12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
2 (3 oz.) packages sliced pepperoni

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish (I used 2 8 x 8 and froze one for a later meal)

Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Place pasta in pot, cook 8 to 10 minutes and drain.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook sausage until evenly browned, drain grease.  Mix in the cooked pasta and pasta sauce.  Pour into prepared casserole dish (or dishes...2  8 x 8, if you want to freeze one for later.)

In a bowl, mix the cottage cheese (or ricotta) olives, mushrooms, and shredded mozzarella cheese.

Spoon the cheese mixture over the sausage and pasta mixture.  Top with pepperoni slices.

Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven until bubbly and lightly browned.

I served it with  parmesean cheese and Texas Toast, but any garlic bread will do.


It made for a really delicious meal.  And I have another in the freezer for some time when I'm in a hurry and want a good dinner!  (Heating time for the frozen dish will be 30 minutes covered with non-stick aluminum foil, and then 20 to 25 minutes uncovered.)  See, I do cook once in a while!



Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Even as a vegetarian, Eva, this sounds delicious, have already got my head working on the alternatives - puy lentils in place of the sausage and soy burger slices instead of pepperoni... That would mean maybe adding some garlic and herbs additional to one's taste, but this has got to be one of the most adaptable and tasty recipes ever. Enjoy! YAM

River said...

I was going to ask what rotini pasta is, but then I saw the photo and I know it, it just has a different name out here. The recipe looks like what we would call a pasta bake, but with a pepperoni topping instead of just cheese.

Jeannine Breton said...

It does look good !

Jennifer said...

That looks so good! I'll be trying it out very soon :)

Pat said...

I always like the idea of cooking enough for two meals and freezing one for later. This looks good!

Nancy Thompson said...

Yum-O! Sounds good. I'm gonna give that one a try. Thanks!

Stephen Hayes said...

I was prepared to turn up my nose at this recipe but I must admit it does look tasty.

Al Penwasser said...

Heart attack, free of charge.
Truth be known, I'd scarf this up like it was my last meal. Coronary cloggers be damned.

Sue said...

Looks like some good comfort food.


markandmayaadopt said...

sounds good! glad to know how to re-heat it, too. a lot of bloggers don't post those directions.