Friday, February 8, 2013

Quick Pizza Casserole

This isn't actually something I found on Pinterest, but it's something that I make at my house whenever we are short on time and I thought you all might enjoy it.

I love pizza and I love, putting the two together couldn't be anything short of pure tasty goodness. I have to give credit where credit is due - a co-worker from a job I had many moons ago gave me this recipe. It is one of my husband's favorites and it's quick, easy and tasty.

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 green pepper
1 onion
2 cups noodles (any pasta of your choice)
1 jar of pizza sauce
1 cup of water
1 tsp of italian seasoning
1 can of mushrooms
Grated cheese for the top

You start out by browning your ground beef, green pepper and onion.

While that is cooking, you put all the rest of your ingredients into a microwave-safe deep dish (like a pyrex or a Pampered Chef covered baker - which is what I am using for this post) and mix it up.

I generally do more eyeballing than following the recipe exactly because I pretty much always put in more pasta than what it calls for in the recipe, but, following the recipe exactly the first couple of times helped me figure out the right amounts and how to adjust them.

After the meat is browned, put it on top of the noodle mixture - do not stir.

The rest is easy-peasy. Cover the dish and put it in the microwave for 5 minutes. Take it out and stir. This is where I add the mushrooms. You can certainly add it at the beginning, but since my husband doesn't like mushrooms, I wait until I've done the big stir and put mushrooms on only half of the pasta. That way I have my lovely mushrooms, but my husband doesn't have to worry about picking them out of his food as much. Yes, he is incredibly spoiled.  Cover the dish again and put it back in the microwave for 10 minutes. Once that's done, pull it out, add grated cheese on the top and cover again just until the cheese is melted.

Voila! A tasty meal ready in under 20 minutes. Plus, it is really good reheated as well!

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