Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pizza Casserole

This recipe isn't fancy or technically challenging, so if that's what you are looking for, you're on the wrong blog - at least for today :-) I found this recipe for pizza casserole on Pinterest and have made it several times with my own twists.  This is a classic example of an easy recipe to change up to fit the tastes of your family.  This, for us, involved the addition of everything we like on pizza - onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms, multicolored rotini noodles instead of egg noodles, and a "lightening-up" with the use of Italian seasoned ground turkey and turkey pepperoni.  I also threw some Parmesan cheese in with the mozzarella to add a little more depth to the flavor.  The casserole is very family friendly, since you can modify it for your kids' tastes, and is definitely husband approved!

If you add vegetables, like I did, you might want to saute them until they are a little soft before adding them to the casserole, but you can probably just throw them in raw.  With my additions, here are the layering steps:

1) Put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the casserole dish.
2) Add half the noodles.
3) ...half of the meat
4) ...half of the vegetables
5) ...half of the remaining sauce
6) of the noodles
7) ...half of the cheese
8) of the meat
9) of the vegetables
10) of the sauce
11) of the cheese
12) ...pepperonis (it only takes half of the package)

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