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Pizza Pasta Bake

We love pizza in our house! I mean we really love it, Friday’s are our pizza nights. Some weeks we order it, and some weeks we make our own. Either way we get our pizza fix and it is glorious! šŸ˜‰ I found this recipe and it had pizza in the title, so right away I was pretty much sold! I knew Hubby would be pretty excited for this too, so I gave it a shot!
It was different than I was expecting, but still pretty good. I think the pasta part was just throwing me off a bit. Hubby and Paisley really enjoyed it and it was better the next day, not my favorite recipe, but it’s blog worthy I suppose šŸ˜‰ I hope your family enjoys it!

Ingredients:
– 1 pound lean ground beef
– 1/2 onion, diced
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
– 1 (14 ounce) jar pizza sauce
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/2 box pasta, I used rotini for this recipe
– 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
– 25 slices pepperoni, divided
– I didn’t this time, but you can add other ingredients to the casserole such as mushrooms, green peppers, olives, jalapeƱos, etc! The sky’s the limit, just think what you normally like on your pizza and add it in!

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare an 8x 11-inch casserole dish, by coating it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside for later use.
Bring a pot of slated water to boil, and add in your pasta. Cook the pasta to “al-dente” or not completely done, since it will be going in the oven. While your pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef with onion, garlic, and the Italian seasoning. Drain the ground beef and return the meat to the pan. Once your pasta is cooked, drain it and return to its pot.
In a large bowl, mix together the water and pizza sauce. Slice 15 of your pepperoni slices in half and add the halves to the bowl with the pizza sauce and water. Next, add to the same bowl the cooked pasta, and the 1 1/2 cups mozzarella. Stir well.
Pour the pasta mixture into your prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese, and place the remaining pepperoni slices on top. Cover with aluminum foil and place into your preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes with the foil on. Once the time is up, remove the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
Serve with a side of garlic bread and a nice salad, this is fantastic re-heated too!

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