Nov 102015
 

Another dish that screams for modification. Use your own favorite pizza toppings. Make it vegetarian, Hawaiian or even change the sauce to Alfredo instead of pizza sauce. Just make sure you use the same amount of liquid so the pasta has enough to absorb.

I recently tried freezing it before cooking and it worked beautifully. It wasn’t fully thawed when I started cooking it, so I added an additional 10 minutes to the cooking time. Freezes well after cooking, too.

Pizza Pasta
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
10 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
10 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb mild Italian pork sausage
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
  4. 2 cups beef broth
  5. 2 cups pizza sauce
  6. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  7. 4 cups uncooked rotini pasta
  8. 1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained (optional)
  9. 4 sliced crispy bacon, crumbled
  10. 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella or pizza cheese
  11. Sliced pepperoni for topping
Instructions
  1. In skillet cook sausage, onion and mushrooms over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes, until sausage is no longer pink. Drain.
  2. In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, mix beef broth, pizza sauce and tomatoes. Stir in cooked sausage mixture, uncooked pasta and olives (pasta should be completely covered with sauce). Cover tightly with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to bake, heat oven to 350°F. Stir casserole; cover with foil and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until bubbly.
  4. Uncover baking dish and stir. Sprinkle with bacon, cheese and top with pepperoni. Bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Notes
  1. If freezing, add rotini pasta, broth, pizza sauce, tomatoes, cooled sausage mixture and olives to a plastic freezer bag, Food Saver bag or freezable casserole dish with a lid. Remove as much air as possible from bags and freeze. If using a casserole dish, cover with plastic wrap before covering with lid.
  2. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for a day before cooking.
  3. Don't forget the bacon, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni!
  4. Don't like Italian sausage? Use hamburger!
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

Oct 102011
 

This is a great recipe to make with the kids!

Shortening 8 oz pizza sauce
All-purpose flour 1-2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, or other favorite cheeses)
1 package refrigerated biscuits Toppings: any combination of favorite pizza toppings (e.g. sliced pepperoni, chopped green peppers, onions, hamburger, Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes)
  1. Heat oven to 425. Grease baking sheets with shortening.
  2. Sprinkle cutting board with flour.  Pull biscuits apart and use rolling-pin to flatten biscuits until about 4 inches across. Place on baking sheet.
  3. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons pizza sauce onto each biscuit. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of cheese. Let everyone top with favorite toppings.
  4. Bake until crust is brown, about 10-15 minutes.

Get creative!  Try BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce with chicken, red onions, a slice of provolone and  jalapeños.  Alfredo sauce, shrimp, mozzarella, onions and chopped broccoli is very good, too.  Ketchup, mustard, american cheese, pickle relish, onions and hot dogs for the hot dog lover.  You can use Grands biscuits for thicker crust, or larger crust if you flatten it out more.  Bake for 15-20 minutes if you use Grands.

Comment and let us know what combinations you tried!

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