Saturday, April 20, 2013

What's For Dinner?

It's Dinner Time!!!

Now all I have to figure out is what to cook for dinner!

I'm thinking cheesy deliciousness.....How about an Almost Pizza Casserole!!! 

 Almost Pizza Casserole

1 (16 ounce) package uncooked rotini pasta
1 lb ground Italian sausage
1 (24 ounce) jar pasta sauce
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese (Or ricotta cheese!!)
1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (optional)

1/2 onion diced
1 red and 1 green bell pepper diced (optional)
1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms (or fresh!)
12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
2 (3 ounce) packages sliced pepperoni

Olive oil (optional)

Here's the way to do it...

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and Lightly grease a 9X13 casserole dish and place it to the side.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil..throw in a pinch of salt. Place pasta in the boiling water and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, and drain.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until evenly brown, then drain grease. Saute the onion, red and green bell pepper with the cooked sausage and a dash of olive oil for 6 - 8 minutes. Mix in the cooked pasta and pasta sauce. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

In a bowl combine and mix the cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese ), olives, mushrooms,sharp cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

Spoon the cheese mixture over the sausage and pasta mixture. Top with pepperoni slices.

Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.

Serve with Parmesan cheese on top if desired! I love it that way!

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