Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pizza Casserole

SERVINGS: 12
CATEGORY: Main Dish
METHOD: Slow Cooker
TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients:
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pound ground sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 jars (28 ounces)spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash pepper
1 package (16 ounces) favorite hearty noodles (I like penne with a little texture on the noodle), cooked al dente and drained
2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) sliced pepperoni
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions: In a large skillet, brown beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add spaghetti sauce, salt, garlic powder, oregano and pepper; heat through. Spoon 1/2 into a 6-qt. slow cooker. Top with half of the pepperoni, noodles then cheeses. Repeat layers. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour or until cheese is melted. Toss lightly. Yield: 12 servings.

Serve with Garlic bread or bread sticks and you've got a meal!
My family loves this recipe, it re-heats beautifully.

New version
with Chicken!!

I've improved some things here....
Slow cook chicken 5 chicken breasts for 4 hours or until tender and you can shred with a fork
Saute onions, garlic, and pepperoni in a skillet with one tsp of oil. (I didn't do sausage in this verson)Mix with sauce.
Drain chicken, shred into strips, add all cooked ingredients to crock pot.
I used 1 2/3 cups of a Parmesan, Asagio and Romano, then 1 cup mozzarella and 1 cup cheddar, this time I stirred all ingredients together and let cheese melt for one hour on low.
Yum!!

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