When I first started making this dish, it was crockpot pizza. Then I realized the crockpot aspect wasn’t really necessary, and I wanted put my own twist on the ingredients. So the dish you see in the picture there is like it’s 3 cousin, twice removed (or something). Now, when I tell Mr. J what’s for dinner, I call this “You know that thing that’s like crockpot pizza, but isn’t made in the crockpot…that’s what we’re eating.” So much for brevity?
Here I go again with one of those recipe “concepts.” It doesn’t really have a recipe, and you can do whatever you want. I realize that when you’re first starting out in the kitchen, you HATE this kind of post, but I’m hoping that this will give you an idea.
The base for what’s pictured is Campanelle pasta with a jar of spaghetti sauce and a pound or so of browned ground beef. Then, take your favorite pizza toppings, and bam! it’s pizza pasta. You can use any sauce you want, any pasta you want, and include meat (or not). If you’ve got leftover spaghetti that needs livening up, it’s a perfect candidate, too.
If you’re out of the store-bought stuff, here’s my pizza sauce recipe. You could also use this marinara sauce recipe. Or just open up a can of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes and throw in some herbs. Easy peasy.
For toppings, go with mushrooms, green peppers, sausage, pepperoni (the mini ones are fun), olives…the possibilities are ENDLESS! I think I’d forego the ham and pineapple on this one though! And don’t forget the cheese! I recommend mozzarella, Parmesan, and feta, if you’re feeling bold! Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes to melt the cheese and bring it all together.
This is a great make-ahead dish. However, we’ve found that the pepperonis turn brown in the leftovers so I make the base without them and add them on as we reheat throughout the week. Of course, you can do this in a large baking dish instead of individual servings. I just wanted to customize ours with our favorite toppings. Hey, that’s a fun party idea…the Super Bowl is just around the corner, you know!