Pizza. One of my favorites. Spaghetti. One of my favorites. Put them together?? Yes, please!
When it was announced that this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge item was SPAGHETTI, I knew I had to go with this Pizza Spaghetti Bake from Plain Chicken. Good choice, if I do say so myself. It's delicious, and it comes together quickly and easily enough to be a great weeknight meal choice. Don't you love it when that happens?
Arrange a few pepperoni slices on the top ...
... and give it a good baking. It'll come out of the oven looking kind of like a pizza lasagna, but ...
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Pizza Spaghetti Bake
Source: Adapted from MyRecipes.com, as posted by Plain Chicken
1 (12 oz.) box spaghetti (I used whole wheat)
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. mild pork sausage
2 oz. (about 30 slices) turkey pepperoni, halved
1 (26 oz.) jar basil & tomato pasta sauce
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 (8 oz. ) package shredded Italian 5-cheese blend
1. Cook spaghetti, according to package directions, in water salted with the teaspoon of salt. Drain well and place in a lightly-greased 9x13" baking dish.
2. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and no longer pink. Drain and set aside. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel. Add pepperoni to skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly crisp (about 4 minutes).
3. Top spaghetti in the baking dish with sausage. Pour sauce over sausage. Arrange half of the pepperoni slices over the sauce; sprinkle evenly with cheeses. Arrange remaining pepperoni slices evenly over cheese.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cheese should be melted and just beginning to brown. If cheese is browning too much, cover with foil part way through baking.