Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pizza Pasta

Sorry for the lack of posts lately...we've had the week off of school which means hubby and all kids have been home for the week, so we have had a project week! Kyla's room was the culprit. We made a closet and have been painting ALL. WEEK. LONG!!! But it's looking great!! Here's a look into what we've been doing!
After puting shelving into her closet...

After some (A LOT) of painting. (It took 3 coats of white to cover our beige... and that's our 2nd coat of red...gonna take at least 2 more coats! sigh)

(we're going to be adding a chair rail to divide the red from the white and also using that cool Metallic paint to make some vertical stripes in the red. Hope it turns out as good as we're hoping!!)

Anyway, I thought I'd post this recipe I found over at Do You Smell That? that is perfect for those "don't have too much time or energy to make dinner" nights (which is what my whole week has felt like), and was a big hit with my family!

Pizza Pasta

1/2 box Rotini pasta (8 oz.)
1 jar Spaghetti sauce
2 cups Mozarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
1/2 a package of sausage (8 oz,)
Sliced pepperoni
3 cloves garlic, minced

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside. While pasta is cooking, brown & crumble sausage in a pan. Once cooked, drain off the fat. In the same pot the pasta boiled in, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat; add garlic. Stir around for about 4-5 minutes. Add sausage, pasta & sauce to the pan with garlic. Stir well to combine.

Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Add half the pasta mixture, top with 1/2 the mozzarella cheese. Add remaining pasta, top with remaining mozzarella. Add pepperoni to the top, sprinkle with Cheddar/Jack cheese.

Bake in a 350 oven for 25-30 minutes.

Side note: I doubled the recipe for my family so we could have some leftover and just baked it in a 9 X 13 pan and it turned out really well. Also, we added a bunch of olives into the pasta mixture and on top because we LOVE olives!! I'm sure you could add whatever other pizza toppings you like!

Super Yummy!
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