It's cool and dreary outside. Perfect casserole weather. There is something so warm and comforting about a good pasta dish and since I am always looking for new ideas I thought this would be a fun way to prepare baked pasta. I knew it would be a hit with my toddler and my husband loved it too. Really, there isn't much to not love about pasta, cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings. Yum!
Baked Pizza Pasta
Cal 360, Carbs 39, Fat 12.7, Fiber 3.7, Protein 23.1
1 lb lean ground sirloin (I used 93/7)
12 oz. pasta of your choice, cooked to al dente (I used mini wheels)
2 tbsp. italian seasoning blend
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 oz. sliced pepperoni, divided
2 cups pizza sauce (I love Muir Glen Organic)
1.25 cups reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup grated parmesan
In a large saucepan brown ground sirloin, drain and add in the dry seasonings and pizza sauce.
Spray a 13x9 Casserole Dish with non stick cooking spray. Combine the meat mixture and cooked pasta and stir in half of the pepperoni. Transfer to baking dish. Top with mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and remaining pepperoni. Cook at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly Enjoy!