A few weeks back I decided to ditch the traditional pizza crust and make a casserole. Did someone say noodles?!? I love noodles!
1 pound of pasta (your preference, it all works!)
1 lb ground pork sausage (you could get sausage links and remove casings)
1 lb cooked ham, diced
1/2 lb pepperoni slices
1 large onion, diced
1 green or red pepper, seeded and diced (if you want a sweeter pepper, choose red)
2 (26 oz) jars of pasta sauce (I used a tomato basil, and garlic and onion)
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp minced garlic
6 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp italian herb seasoning
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. In a large skillet, brown sausage. Add onion, pepper, minced garlic and dried oregano. Saute until onions are translucent and juices run clear. Mix the sauce with the italian herb seasoning. In a 9"X13" baking dish add a small amount of sauce to coat the bottom. Begin layering the casserole.
1st layer: 1/3 of pasta, 1/3 of sauce, 1 1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese and sausage, onions & pepper mixture.
2nd layer: 1/3 of pasta, 1/3 of sauce, 1 1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese and diced ham.
3rd layer: You will add the remaining ingredients, pasta, sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and top with pepperoni slices.
Bake for 40 minutes.
You won't be disappointed.
This casserole can feed a family of 1000. Ok, maybe not that many.
It is definitely worth making once. Then you will want it again. Although I never said it was the healthiest for you! All good things in moderation!