Tweedee, Ive made this one in the past. I used mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, basil & sun dried tomatoes. It was interesting. You could try putting the spaghetti (ziti, penne) with any toppings of choice (maybe meatballs cut in half) in a baking pan & slice it in squares. (Maybe experiment by adding veggie toppings & a white sauce.) Think kids would love this.
Amazing Macaroni Pizza
This fun twist on two family favorites uses cooked pasta as the base for traditional pizza toppings.
For the Crust
1 2/3 cups elbow macaroni
4 slices (1 ounce each) American cheese, cut into strips
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Toppings
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano (optional)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
16 slices pepperoni
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 30 minutes
Preparing the Crust
Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender but still firm, 6-8 minutes. Drain pasta.
While pasta is still warm, return it to the saucepan and toss with American cheese and eggs.
Lightly brush a 12-inch pizza pan or ovenproof skillet with oil. Spread pasta mixture in the pan, pressing firmly with the back of a wooden spoon; bake crust for 10 minutes.
Topping the Pizza
Spread tomato sauce evenly over the pasta, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Sprinkle with garlic and oregano; top with mozzarella. Place pepperoni slices on pizza in a spiral pattern.
Bake pizza until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.
This recipe provides a great way to use up the partial boxes of macaroni in your cupboard. You can substitute small ziti or penne, bow ties or shells, cooked according to package directions, for the elbows.
Try a combo of smoked mozzarella and slivered sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese and bacon or hot pepper cheese and salsa.
I might try making this like a pastitsio (without the top layer). That should be interesting.