Friday, January 3, 2014

Foodie Friday

This year for Christmas, Dusty game me 2 wonderful new cookbooks for Christmas. The first one was a gourmet cookbook published in the 1950's and I have really enjoyed looking through it to see the differences the decades.

The other one was the Taste of Home Dinner on a Dime cookbook.
402 budget friendly recipes that pack the flavor without breaking the bank. Or at least that's the hope.

This week I tried one of the recipes out of the "Freezer Pleasers" Chapter. So here it is:

Pizza Pasta Casserole
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 jars (28 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta, cooked and drained
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
8 ounces sliced pepperoni
1.) In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and pasta. (Make sure you actually cook the pasta first. I totally forgot to do that last night when making dinner. The hazards of trying to cook dinner with two small children screaming at you)




2.) Transfer to two greased 13-in x 9-in x 2-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange pepperoni over the top.


3.) Cover and freeze once casserole for up to 3 months. Bake the second casserole, uncovered, at 350* for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.



4.) To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake casserole at 305* for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
The kids loved this one.



I halved the recipe and only made one casserole and I also used ground turkey instead of the ground beef.

If you happen to slip up and not cook the pasta before dumping it into the sauce/meat mixture then just add a can of tomato sauce and cook it together on the stove for a bit then leave it in the oven for a bit longer. It will all work out great!

I hope you enjoy!


Have you tried this recipe or one like it before? Did your family like it?

Have you ever messed up a recipe and still manage to save it? Please tell me I'm not the only one who has done something like that.



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