Pizza Pasta Bake

Muir Glen Pizza Pasta Bake

Ingredients

1 package (16 oz) penne pasta

3 links sweet Italian sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)

1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

1 can (15 oz) Muir Glen® organic pizza sauce

1 can (6 oz) pitted ripe olives, drained, sliced

1 can (4 oz) Green Giant® mushrooms pieces and stems, drained

1 large bunch fresh basil, stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup sliced pepperoni

Prep time: 20 minutes  |  Total time: 30 minutes

Blogger Angie McGowan of Eclectic Recipes shares a fast and easy weeknight dinner idea the whole family will love.

Preparation & Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, using minimum cook time.

  2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, bell pepper and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender.

  3. In baking dish, mix pasta and pizza sauce. Add sausage-vegetable mixture, olives, mushrooms and basil; toss until well combined. Sprinkle with cheeses; top with pepperoni.

  4. Bake uncovered 8 to 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.

To make this dish more “figure-friendly,” use Italian turkey sausage and turkey pepperoni.

Give this casserole a spicy kick by adding 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes to the pizza sauce before mixing it with the pasta.