Pizza in a Pot

Author: Cooped Up Chick  //  Category: Beef Dishes, February 2015, Main Course, Pasta

 

My friend Wendy from work shared this recipe with me one day (I MISS YOU WEN!). It very very quickly became one of our favorites. It is extremely adaptable…even for different tastes within the same family.

I haven’t changed much. But of course I just had to fiddle with it a little.

The recipe as it was sent to me:

Saute: 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped green pepper

Add: 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef

Add: 1 box fresh mushrooms, 1 large stick pepperoni (ML stick), garlic powder to taste, 1 1/2 t oregano, 4 cups cooked noodles (flat egg), 1 large can tomatoes (chopped), 1 small can tomato paste, 2 cans tomato soup, 1 bottle chilli sauce

Mix all together and place in casserole dish. Cover with grated mozza. Bake 350F/40-45 min.

 

Well…..I don’t like pepperoni. Brendan does.

I like all veggies. He doesn’t.

I didn’t have flat noodles. I had Penne. It worked. The next time I used fusili ( I still hadn’t purchased any egg noodles). I found I much preferred the fusili. The little ridges held onto the sauce and ingreds.

I’m also not a huge fan of melted cheese. Odd, I know. I can eat an entire block of cheese…but if you melt it I run for the hills.

There is only the 2 of us and even with the desire of lots of leftovers, I halved the recipe.

So what I did was:

 

Take a bowl. Mix all the sauce ingredients together (1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of tomato soup, 1 can of tomato paste, 1/2 bottle of chili sauce, garlic powder, parsley, oregano, 1 clove chopped garlic, salt & pepper…and a sprinkle of chili flakes)

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Fry up your onions, green pepper and mushrooms.

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Add your precooked hamburger. Or other meat. Pepperoni (bleech), salami, bacon, whatever.

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Add your precooked noodles.

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Mix.

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I add Shakey cheese (Parm). You could top with mozza….if you want. Again, this is a hugely adaptable recipe. Keep the sauce the same…change out the pizza ‘toppings’. You’ll get a different flavor every time. I am just telling you what I like. And i’m almost always right. 😉

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This dish is even better on day 2 or 3 or 4. I like to make a huge pot of it and then I take it to work as my lunch for a whole week.

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A lot of times I make 2 separate batches. One tailored to my tastes and one for Bren. That way he isn’t throwing out all my delicious mushrooms…and i’m not pissed off cause I have to eat pepperoni.

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Enjoy!

love, peace and chicken grease,

-A Cooped Up Chick

little LITTLE brown chicken

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