Baked Italian Casserole

The flavors of spaghetti, pizza and lasagna all wrapped up into one simple dish. Serve this with a side salad and a piece of garlic bread for an easy weekday dinner. This is even good leftover for lunch.

Baked Italian Casserole

8 Servings

The flavors of spaghetti, pizza and lasagna all wrapped up into one simple dish. Serve this with a side salad and a piece of garlic bread for an easy weekday dinner. This is even good leftover for lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 12 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1 can (2.25 ounce) sliced black olives with jalapenos, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounce) mushrooms, drained
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 pound sliced pepperoni

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 8X11 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Prepare rotini according to package directions until al dente, drain.
  4. Brown the ground beef and onion until beef is no longer pink, drain grease.
  5. Stir in the minced garlic and spaghetti sauce.
  6. Toss in the prepared pasta until well coated with meat sauce.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
  8. In small bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, olives, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.
  9. Spoon the cheese mixture over the pasta/meat sauce mixture.
  10. Top with evenly with pepperoni slices.
  11. Bake uncovered, until cheese is melted and pepperoni's are lightly browned, about 25 minutes.

Notes

I added the onions, garlic and italian seasonings after I already photographed the ingredients.

http://www.thehungryhoarder.com/2013/07/12/baked-italian-casserole/

Comments: 2

  1. Cathy April 8, 2014 at 7:21 am Reply

    I use this recipe with our leftover spaghetti adding your other ingredients except the pepperoni because I used instead italian sausage. Was very very delicious. Thank you.

    • The Hungry Hoarder May 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm Reply

      That sounds delicious Cathy, thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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