Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pizza Baked Spaghetti #LMDConnector

 It's March Break here in Ontario and the kids and I have been enjoying our much needed break from our school routine. Sleeping in, relaxing, playing board games, fun little outings. It's a refreshing change from our regular schedule! Yesterday, we went to our local rec center and swam for a few hours. By the time the kids and I got home, we were tired and famished. So, after browsing on Life Made Delicious, the kids decided on this recipe for dinner. We had all the ingredients, so we got to work.

 The kids LOVE to help Hubby and I in the kitchen and this was a great recipe for them to get involved in. I set Queenie up with a plastic knife and pepperoni and let her go to town on cutting them into quarters. I set up Mr.B with the cheese and the grater and he was done in no time flat. It only took about 10 minutes to get this all prepped and ready for the oven. Then after a quick clean up we got to work on a salad. The kids absolutely loved this "pizza-ghetti" as they liked to call it. They both gave it a few hundred thumbs up and all plates were scraped clean. Even Hubby enjoyed some leftovers when he came home late last night. Super simple and very reminiscent of lasagna, this recipe is sure to give your family the fuel it needs to keep going this March Break!!

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Pizza Baked Spaghetti
adapted from Life Made Delicious

12 oz (227 g) uncooked spaghetti
1 lb (500 g) bulk Italian pork sausage
2 jars (14 oz/398 mL each) pizza sauce
3/4 cup (175 mL) diced pepperoni
1 cup (250 mL) ricotta cheese
1/3 cup (75 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups (500 mL) shredded mozarella cheese
Fresh basil, if desired

Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray 13x9-inch (3 L) baking dish with cooking spray. In Dutch oven (large pot), cook and drain pasta as directed on package, using minimum cook time. Return spaghetti to Dutch oven.

Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In Dutch oven, toss spaghetti, sausage, pizza sauce and pepperoni.
In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and eggs. Spoon half of spaghetti mixture into baking dish. Dollop with ricotta mixture; spread evenly over top. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining spaghetti mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly. Garnish with basil.

Cooking Tips:
Break spaghetti in half before adding it to boiling water to cook. Bulk pork sausage is the raw meat that hasn't been stuffed into the casing. If you can't find it, you can buy raw sausages, slit the casing with a knife and remove the meat.

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Michelle said...

Thanks for linking, Cindy. This is a great family pleaser dish.

Julie said...

This looks good! Tonight I was experimenting in the kitchen and I made a pizza pasta casserole. I'll be sharing it on my blog on Friday!

Stopping by from White Lights on Wednesdays. Have a fabulous week!

Julie @ This Gal Cooks (www.thisgalcooks.com)

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

I love the sound of this casserole. It sounds really comforting and delicious.

Steph said...

Yum! This recipe would be perfect for a rainy day like today

bythesparklingsea said...

This looks so darn delicious my mouth is nearly watering...yum!