Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

I’m always on the lookout for dishes that my kids will actually eat and that can be prepared ahead of time. While it sounds easy, it’s actually pretty hard. I found this recipe and decided to give it a go. I was able to throw it together on Sunday so it was ready during the week, and my kids actually ate it! Pastas are usually a safe bet with the under 4 crowd in my house. We’ve made it several times since and it’s always been a hit. What’s great about this dish is that you can add anything you’d like to make it your own. Although it’s not pictured, we enjoy making our pizza casserole more of a supreme variety. We add mushrooms, green onions, and black olives. Do what you want. Add pineapple and anchovies if it lights your fire!

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Servings = 8

Weight Watchers Points+ = 10

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green onion, diced (optional)
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced (optional)
  • 28 ounces pasta sauce
  • 1 3/4 C Mozzarella, 2%
  • 1 can black olives, sliced (optional)
  • 24 slices of turkey pepperoni

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Boil the egg noodles according to package directions.

Chop the onion and saute with the ground beef while browning. Toss in the green onion mushrooms.

Spray a 9×13 baking dish. Spread a think layer of sauce in the bottom. Layer the dish in the following order:

  1. Half of the noodles
  2. Half of the meat
  3. Half of the sauce
  4. Rest of the noodles
  5. Half of the cheese
  6. Rest of the meat
  7. Rest of the sauce
  8. Rest of the cheese
  9. All of the pepperoni and black olives

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

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