One pot Pizza Pasta Bake

Tim keeps craving pasta, I keep craving pizza and I ran across this recipe from Damn Delicious that was going to cover both of those cravings perfectly.     My husband doesn't eat breakfast and barely eats lunch, so I wanted to make sure that dinner was sufficiently hearty enough for him.    I used the entire package of Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage (19oz).   To account for the increased volume in the pan, I also added a second can of tomato sauce.   This led to increasing the spices, and I always toss in a pinch of brown sugar with any red sauce.    Life is too short to measure cheese, I just put a nice handful over the top.    After I took the dish out from underneath the broiler, I gave it a sprinkle of Penzey's Italian Herb Mix and on my own serving I used some crushed red pepper flakes.

This is easy, filling and my changes made for plenty of leftovers.   Damn Delicious is absolutely the right name for her blog and most definitely this dish.     Thank you so much Chungah!

* Exported from MasterCook *

                         One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1         tablespoon  olive oil
19             ounces  sweet Italian sausage -- casing removed
     3/4           cup  mini pepperoni -- divided
 2                cans  tomato sauce -- (15-ounce)
     1      teaspoon  dried oregano
     1      teaspoon  dried basil
     1/2      teaspoon  garlic powder
Large pinch brown sugar
  8             ounces  rotini pasta ( I didn't measure, just poured in half a box)
                        Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper -- to taste
  1  cup+  shredded mozzarella cheese
  1t Penzey's Italian Herb Mix (for garnish, optional)
Crushed Red Pepper flakes (optional)

Heat broiler.     Brown sausage in olive oil in an oven proof skillet over medium heat for about 3 to 5 mins.   Break sausage into crumbles, and drain excess fat if needed.     Add 1/4c of pepperoni, and stir until heated through.

Add tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder, brown sugar, rotini and 1 1/2 cups water.   Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.    Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover.   Simmer for 13 to 15 mins or until the pasta is cooked through.     Top with mozzarella cheese and about 1/2c pepperoni.   Slide under the broiler and cook until the cheesy is melty and golden brown.     Sprinkle with Italian Herb Mix and serve. 



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