Monday, 4 January 2010

Pizza Bake

This was a casserole I whipped up tonight which was one of those nights when we had one of the kids' activities. It's quick, easy and has tastes that I know my kids love. "Karate Kid" actually became quite a fan of the wee mushroom because of this dish. :)

2 cups uncooked fusilli noodles (or egg noodles)
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup black or green olives (optional)
1 cup pepperoni, chopped
2 cups pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups mozzarella or marble cheese (divided)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cook noodles according to package directions.

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat brown the beef with the onion, garlic, mushrooms and green pepper. Drain excess fat. Stir in the olives (if using), pepperoni, spaghetti sauce and 1 cup of cheese. Mix well. Pour mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese on top has melted. Serve with a Caesar salad.

Tips: You can add whatever pizza toppings you like. I adore feta cheese, baby spinach, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes etc.

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