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Pizza Pasta Bake

Updated: Jun 18

Pizza, once an authentic Italian meal, now known as an American staple. Everyone has a favorite pizza. Pizza is versatile, it can be for meat lovers, vegetarian, vegan, it can even be gluten free.

In our house we usually make a pizza or calzone to go with our game night we have once a week. It’s a perfect hand held food that you can eat and then get back to playing when it’s your turn. And for my son, it’s one of the few things that he eats with no complaints. So of course, if I can concoct another version of this so I can maybe sneak a couple of veggies in, I will.

The recipe I came up with serves 2 adults and 1 tween and 1 child (my baby obviously isn’t eating this yet).

Ingredients & things you need:

  1. 8oz Pasta (Rotini, Penne or Rigatoni are my favs) Cooked

  2. 1/4 cup reserved pasta water

  3. 30oz of Pizza Sauce (homemade or canned)

  4. Pizza Toppings of your choice (examples: mushrooms, green bell peppers, pepperoni, sausage, tomato chunks, pineapple…)

  5. 8oz of Mozzarella Cheese

  6. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Romano Mix (and a palmful for the top)

  7. 1.6 Liter Circle Dish (This is what I used to bake it in, but whatever you have that will fit all of the contents is fine. Don’t go and buy a special circle dish just for this).

Directions

  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350ºF

  2. Grease your baking dish and set this aside for now.

  3. Cook the pasta al dente. Make sure to set aside about a 1/4 cup of pasta water. [I explain this in my Mac and Cheese recipe if you’re wondering why]

  4. Mix together all but 1/4 cup of the pizza sauce (does not need to be heated), 3/4 of the toppings (this is where if you want to sneak in veggies, chop those up small and put all of them in*), about 4oz of mozzarella cheese and the 1/2 cup of Parmesan-Romano mix.

  5. add the pasta and cooking water and mix until combined.

  6. Pour the reserved sauce into the dish, then the entire mixture you just made.

  7. top with the remaining cheese and toppings (make it look like a pizza).

  8. bake for 30 minutes, let sit for about 3 and serve.*A fun trick to do is to puree the veggies and add them to your sauce. I do it all the time for spaghetti. It adds a lot of great flavor and my kids are eating veggies, they don’t normally eat.



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Pizza Pasta Bake

Simple Pasta Dish that everyone in your family will love!

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

let sit for about 3 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 8 oz Pasta Rotini, Penne or Rigatoni are my favs

  2. 30 oz of Pizza Sauce homemade or canned (reserve about 1/4 cup)

  3. Pizza Toppings of your choice examples: mushrooms, green bell peppers, pepperoni, sausage, tomato chunks, pineapple...

  4. 8 oz of Mozzarella Cheese

  5. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Romano Mix and a palmful for the top

  6. 1/4 cup reserved pasta water

Instructions

Pre-Heat oven to 350ºF

Grease your baking dish

Cook pasta al dente & make sure to reserve some of the cooking water (about a 1/4 cup)

Mix together all but 1/4 cup of the sauce (does not need to be heated), 3/4 of the toppings (this is where if you want to sneak in veggies, chop those up small and put all of them in), about 4oz of mozzarella cheese and the 1/2 cup of Parmesan-Romano mix.

add the pasta and cooking water and mix until combined.

Pour the reserved Sauce into dish, then the mixture.

top with the remaining cheese and toppings (make it look like a pizza).

bake for 30 minutes, let sit for about 3 and serve.

Recipe Notes

I used a 1.6 Liter Circle Dish to bake it in, but whatever you have that will fit all of the contents is fine. Don't go and buy a special circle dish just for this).

Also, a fun trick to do is to puree the veggies and add them to your sauce. I do it all the time for spaghetti. It adds a lot of great flavor and my kids are eating veggies, they don't normally eat.


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