Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

I loved this meal before I even tried it... Why you ask? Because I thought that it was going to be good and because it makes 2, count 'em, 2 hotdishes! One for now and one to go into the freezer for another time. I love meals like that... If I remember to go back into the freezer to get them that is! :) Luckily this hotdish was also good enough to warrant a rerun on it! The fam scarfed it down in no time. As I've said before - anything pizza related is a go in our house...

Side note: it does call for ground turkey in this recipe, but with a half a cow sitting in our freezer, I went with the beef. Do whatever floats your boat! :)

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
(recipe found in Taste of Home)

1 (16 ounces) package egg noodles
2 pounds ground turkey
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 (26 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
1 (10 ounces) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 (8 ounces) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
3 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni

In a dutch oven, cook noddles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook ground turkey and chopped onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in noodles.

Transfer to 2 greased 13x9" baking dishes. Sprinkle each with mushrooms, cheeses and pepperoni. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until heated through and cheeses have melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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