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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

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Kid-approved dinner: Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

(NC) - Looking for a new way to tempt the kids with a nutritious dinner they'll actually eat? Try this high fibre pasta dish disguised as a pizza.

Prep time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

    Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
  • 1 pkg (454 g) Catelli Smart Spaghetti
  • 375 mL (1-1/2 cups) sliced deli pepperoni
  • 50mL (1/4 cup) finely chopped onion
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 500mL (2 cups) sliced mushrooms, optional
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) each dried oregano and basil leaves
  • 500 mL (2 cups) pizza sauce (|approx|)
  • 500 mL (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 50 mL (1/4 cup) Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain well. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C.)

Slice all but 50 mL (1/4 cup) of the pepperoni into thin strips.

Stir the pepperoni strips, onion, green pepper, mushrooms (if using), oregano, basil, pizza sauce, half of the cheese, eggs and Parmesan in a large bowl until well combined. Toss the sauce mixture with the cooked pasta.

Transfer the mixture to a greased 9 x 13-inch (3L) baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and dot with the reserved pepperoni slices. Bake for 30 minutes. Let the dish stand for 5 minutes; slice and serve with additional warmed pizza sauce if desired.

Tip:

Make this casserole your own by stirring in your favourite pizza toppings.

Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings


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