Recipes For My Boys: Pasta Pizza Casserole

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pasta Pizza Casserole

Friday night is pizza night at our house.  Usually.  Since my youngest son has been sick, I didn’t feel like making homemade pizzas but wanted to make something similar.   This Pasta Pizza Casserole turned out to be perfect.  Cheesy and saucy (if you add more, I didn’t) with your favorite pizza toppings.  Cooked in a casserole while you tend to more pressing nebulizers and meds and making certain others are not neglected. 

 I used just enough cheese to hold the pasta together.  Feel free to add more cheese, sauce and herbs to make this your own.  I would add another egg if I added more sauce.  

Pasta Pizza Casserole

16 oz dried medium size pasta, your favorite
2 oz. neufchatel or cream cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground garlic
26 oz. jar prepared spaghetti sauce
1 egg, beaten
1 – 1/2 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese
turkey pepperoni
sliced black olives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 13x9 pan with non-stick spray.   Cook pasta according to directions for al dente.  Drain.  In a large mixing bowl;  mix ricotta, neufchatel, parmesan, beaten egg, basil, oregano and garlic.  Fold in hot, drained pasta.  Stir in spaghetti sauce until pasta is covered.  Pour in 13x9 pan.  Top with shredded cheese, turkey pepperoni and black olives or your favorite toppings.  Cook 20 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole bubbles around edges.  

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