Pizza Pasta Bake

This pasta bake is a variation from my pizza casserole dish except this can be used as a dip with garlic or cheese bread. I also used marinara sauce, in this instead of Ragu, which I usually use in my homemade pizza dishes. One of my boyfriend’s favorite meals is the pizza casserole so I knew he would like this one too. Check out my pizza casserole at this link:  https://popcornvalentinaandlimes.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/pizza-casserole/

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. pasta shells
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cps. marinara sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cps. shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cp. Parmesan cheese
  • about 30 pepperonis, salami, Canadian bacon or sausage sliced into halves
  • optional: add veggies if you like
  • optional toppings: chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley, shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until it is cooked and translucent.
  4. Add the garlic and oregano and cook for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat.
  5. Once the pasta is finished cooking, drain the water and return the pasta back to the pot. Stir in the garlic/onion mixture, the marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, 1 cup Mozzarella, Parmesan and meat choice. Mix until well-blended.
  6. Transfer the pasta to a greased baking dish, and then sprinkle the remaining Mozzarella cheese on top.
  7. Bake uncovered for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starts to brown around the edges.

 

 

 

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