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Old 02-21-2014, 06:35 PM   #1
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Italian Pasta Casserole

Italian Pasta Casserole

1/2 lb sweet italian sausage
1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup chopped pepperoni
1 c fresh sliced mushrooms (optional)
1/3 cup onion chopped
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 tsp italian seasoning
8 oz elbow pasta, cooked for only half the recommended time, drained
1 8 oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, halved
 
Spray an 8 x 8 square baking dish with non stick spray.

In large skillet, cook Italian sausage and ground beef until it is no longer pink. Remove meat from skillet and reserve the drippings.

Saute mushrooms, onions, bell pepper and garlic in the meat drippings until just under tender-crisp. Remove and drain.

In large bowl, combine meats, vegetables, sauce and seasoning.
Place 1/2 of the pasta on the bottom of the baking dish.

Cover with spoonfuls of sauce mixture. Top with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat .

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Remove cover.
Sprinkle remaining cheese and the olives over top of casserole and return to oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Let casserole sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Really good the next day too !

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Old 02-21-2014, 06:40 PM   #2
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This sounds yummy! Thanks, MrsLMB!
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:58 PM   #3
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Sounds a little like a big-crowd dish we made back when the kids were in scouts and sports. We called it "Pound Of" because you used a pound each of sausage, ground beef, only 1/4 pound of pepperoni, three different pasta shapes (one pound box each), mozz cheese...and then enough sauce to get it all as sloppy as you wanted it. I never put the mushrooms or onions in then, but I think I'll try it next time I make a much smaller version for us. OOoo, and the olives too!
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:59 PM   #4
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Didn't we used to have a drooling emoticon with the puddle?

I'm on top of this, LMB. I've got some It sausage and some burger in the freezer that have been looking for a home.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:29 PM   #5
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Sounds wonderful, a real crowd pleaser, with endless variations!

This would be a great dish to tote to a potluck!

I would add some ricotta and swap the elbows for stovepipes or rigatoni.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:38 PM   #6
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I would make it with lasagna noodles... and add some ricotta... and maybe another layer and some parm on top...
Hey, wait a minute
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:46 PM   #7
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I would make it with lasagna noodles... and add some ricotta... and maybe another layer and some parm on top...
Hey, wait a minute
Ok, ok, I get it!

What can I say, I'm never satisfied!
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:24 PM   #8
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Nice recipe Mrs....right down my alley.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:40 PM   #9
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I bet this would go well in the CP too.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:54 PM   #10
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"Spray an 8 x 8 square baking dish"

For some reason when I make something similar like this, I need a bigger pan. Mighty tasty.

Edit:
Never mind. You're using half pounds and sensible sized ingredients.
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