Supreme Pizza Pasta

Hello, Loves!
This has been a busy week….sheesh. One of those weeks where I felt like I was constantly on the go without taking a breath. We had a potluck at Mr. Man’s school, a church thing last night, soccer, dance, a beer pong tournament, volunteer work, knitting, goat herding…it’s been insane to say the least.
I may have made up a few of those things just to see if you were paying attention.
But for reals, I’m exhausted. So, sorry for the less than frequent posting.  I know it’s hard to go more than 24 hours without my witty repartee but I hope you’ve all survived. 
It’s been a while since I’ve done a recipe post so I thought I’d share a yummy casserole that’s been in frequent rotation around here lately.  It’s pretty kid friendly, pretty healthy, and pretty delicious.
I call it Supreme Pizza Pasta…or, Pasta Pizza Supreme.  I haven’t decided which.  Either way, it’s good.  Let’s get to it.
 Start by browning about a pound of ground beef with an 8 oz package of peperoni.

 While the meat is cooking, dice up your veggies. Thinking along the lines of pizza toppings I used onions, green pepper, mushrooms and zucchini. I realize zucchini is not so common on pizza but you can get away with it since this is a casserole, after all.  It’s a great way to add in extra nutrients without your family noticing. There’s around half a cup of each vegetable here, more or less.
You can add as many or as few veggies as you like but I think more is better and more “supreme-like”. In fact, if it were up to me, I would have also included black olives into this mix but everyone else in my family thinks black olives are evil thus, I’m outnumbered on that one. A mother’s sacrifices know no bounds. *Insert deep sigh of self pity here.*

Boil 8 oz of Ziti (or your favorite shaped pasta) according to package directions. 
By the way, did you notice I’m making dinner at 2:21 in the afternoon? This was several weeks ago when I was still ultra organized and on top of my life…sadly, it’s all gone to hell since then and I’ve been lucky if I get food in my kids before 7:30 pm lately. Oh well…at least I’ve remembered to feed them.  That’s the next thing to go, I’m sure…

When the meat is no longer pink, drain the fat and remove to a separate dish.

Add a little olive oil into the same pan and heat.  Add diced veggies and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

Saute for several minutes until veggies become soft and fragrant.

Drain pasta.
Bust out two four ounce jars of pizza sauce.

Return the meat and pasta to the pan with the veggies and add the sauce. Then, sprinkle an unidentified substance into the pan. Wait…what? I don’t know.  I must have forgotten some of the seasonings in the other step so I’m adding them here. Honestly, I can’t remember what the hell I’m doing in this picture.  You get the gist. {Can you believe no one’s called me about doing my own cooking show? Me neither}.
 Move to any size casserole dish.  I divided this into two 9 x 9 pans, one to freeze for a later date.

Top with 2-3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese.  More or less depending on the intensity of your love for cheese and/or your obligation to gorge yourself on cheese given your residence in the Dairy State. 

Ready to pop in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or so or until cheese is melted and dish is bubbling.

The final product….so yummy!  

Enjoy this one guys, it’s comfort food at it’s best!

Here’s the recipe.  And per my typical disclaimer, I kind of made this one up and measuring is not my thing so some of the amounts provided are my best guess. Good luck!

Supreme Pizza Pasta
1 pound ground beef
1 8 oz package peperoni
8 oz Ziti or your favorite shaped pasta
2-4 oz jars of pizza sauce
~1/2 to 3/4 cup each chopped onion, green pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, or other vegetable of your choice for a total of about 3 cups of chopped vegetables. Vary amounts of each according to your preferences.
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 T olive oil
1 T Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper (more or less to taste)
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Brown beef and peperoni together until beef is no longer pink.
-Meanwhile, chop veggies and set aside
-Boil Ziti until Al Dente according to package directions
-Drain fat from meat and remove to separate dish
-Add olive oil to same pan and heat
-Add veggies and seasonings to pan and saute for several minutes  until tender
-Drain pasta and add to pan with veggies, return meat to pan as well
-add pizza sauce and stir until combined
-move dish to an oven safe casserole
-top with shredded cheese (cover and freeze at this point if desired)
-bake for 30-45 minutes or until cheese is melted and dish is bubbling 



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