Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SalleeB's Pizza Casserole

Looks like pizza, but it has a pasta crust!
Bill is not a fan of casseroles. 
However, this casserole won him over because the bottom layer is a tender, angel hair pasta "crust" topped with pizza toppings. A perfect bite contains an even amount of the pizza toppings and the angel hair pasta.
Wow, what a way to make your mouth happy!
Customize this recipe to make your favorite pizza in a casserole! 



Simply substitute a pound of your favorite meat, or a combination of meats. The possibilities are endless.

Ingredients   
This recipe can be downsized from a 13" x 9" pan to a 9" round or square pan.  Simply use half of each listed ingredient.
  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta, broken into thirds and cooked
  • 1 pound ground chuck or sirloin
  • 3-4 oz. pepperoni slices
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1 -  24 oz. can spaghetti/pasta sauce
  • 6.5 oz. can mushrooms, drained or  6 oz. of fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, about 1/2 cup
Directions
  • Grease your casserole pan. Set aside.
  • Break 8 oz. of angel hair pasta into thirds. Place in salted, boiling water. Turn heat down to simmer and cook pasta for five minutes. 
  • Pour half of the pasta sauce into the greased casserole pan.
  • Drain the pasta and place it in the casserole pan.
  • Spread the pasta into a layer.
  • Layer the remaining sauce over the pasta.
  • Place the ground chuck and onion in a skillet. If using fresh sliced mushrooms, add them now.
  • Begin to brown over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • When the beef is about half way done, sprinkle the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper over the meat and onions. Using a spatula, work the seasoning into the meat and onions.
  • When the beef is almost done, add the drained mushroom slices to the skillet. 
  • Stir briefly with the spatula until the mixture is well blended. 
  • Drain excess grease from the skillet.
  • Layer the meat mixture over the sauce in the casserole dish.
    Pepperoni can be mixed into the meat mixture, or placed on top of the cheese layer.
    I prefer having in on top of  the cheese layer as shown in the first picture.
  • Put cheeses on top of meat mixture
  • Top the cheese with pepperoni slices as shown in the first picture. 
  • Cover with foil.
  • Large Batch: Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes; Small Batch: Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes
  • Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.
Your pizza casserole is ready to serve!