Jonathan has adopted this simple recipe as his absolute favorite for the past several years. One summer while staying with some friends their Mom made it and gave him the recipe because it is so good and easy. Now he makes it himself. Perhaps it will also become a favorite to you.
1 1/2-2 Ibs. ground meat of your choice (we often use Turkey or Chicken)
1 6 oz. pkg. sliced Pepperoni (Turkey 70 percent less fat is best)
1 15 oz. can Chunky Veg. marinara sauce
1 jar pizza sauce
2 cups grated cheese (Pizza blend is my fave)
1 pkg. Rotini or Zitti noodles (whole wheat, vegetable or smart is among our choice faves)
Set oven to 350 degrees.
Cook and drain ground meat in skillet on stove.
While meat is cooking bring just enough water to cover the noodles to a boil. Pour noodles in boiled water after turning off heat. Cover and let stand about 8 minutes. Drain.
Combine meat, 1 cup of the cheese, half the Pepperoni which takes a little time because you have to separate all the Pepperoni, Marinara and Pizza sauces and stir together well. Pour into a casserole dish that has been sprayed to keep from sticking.
Place the rest of the Pepperoni evenly over the top, then the cheese evenly over that.
Bake covered with tin foil that has also been sprayed to keep the cheese from sticking to it. Leave in oven for about 30 minutes. Let stand at least 10 minutes before serving.
*Note: Since I always make this one for Jonathan I leave it plain like this otherwise I’d chop a bell pepper, an onion and sate in with the meat and then I’d also add a can of Italian diced tomatoes. I suppose one could customize this to their liking just as I do most every recipe I use.