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Hawaiian Pizza Pasta Recipe

Hawaiian Pizza Pasta Recipe

I've been making this recipe since I discovered it and tweaked it to our family's liking more than 15 years. You can substitute chopped salami, pepperoni or cooked ground beef for the ham. Or add olives and red peppers—whatever you like on a pizza. —Rose Enns, Abbotsford, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 6 cups (24 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute the mushrooms, onion and pepper in oil for 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomato sauce, bay leaves, oregano, basil and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Discard bay leaves from sauce. Stir in the pasta, 5 cups of mozzarella cheese, pineapple and ham.
  • 3. Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings.

Reviews for Hawaiian Pizza Pasta

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 86127
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"This recipe is delicious; I will definitely make it again! I substituted my home canned pizza sauce and added black olives...yum!"

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beann01 User ID: 5394290 56599
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"Made this last night. It turned out great. My husband even took some to work for lunch today. I will make this again."

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reservations User ID: 1194086 79341
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"Cant wait to try this one !"

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Kensmoma User ID: 1059460 79340
Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"We were craving pizza, but due to time constraints, couldn't today. This was perfect...all the kids (and I) loved it. Used GF pasta and added pepperoni slices and olives. Next time, I'll do it without stirring the cheese in with the rest. Put half the casserole in the pan, sprinkle with the cheese, then the other half, and then the cheese for topping. Think it will make it look more appetizing. Great quick, yummy, recipe!"

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brodie123 User ID: 2850726 107627
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"I halved this recipe except the sauce and everyone in the family thought it needed more sauce. Like another reviewer I will use a good premade pasta sauce next time.I will also add more garlic and add about 2t of sugar. We would prefer to cut the chunk pineapple in half, and the mushrooms don't really need to be there. This is a recipe you can tweek to your own tastes."

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bereitbach User ID: 4958434 79339
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"My husband liked every part of this casserole except the pineapple which he doesn't care for anyway. Still, he is willing to eat it again. I loved the pineapple-it really added to the flavors. It worked best for me to bake half of the recipe and freeze the rest for later. I used the frozen part earlier this week. I took it out of the freezer the day before I wanted to cook it and let it thaw in the refrigerator. I took it out of the fridge an hour before baking and then followed the same directions for baking. It worked great!"

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labtechs1 User ID: 2072991 38597
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"This was excellent! I didn't use mushrooms or the bay leaves and substituted Canadian bacon for the ham to make it most like the Hawaiian pizzas we get. I also added a little more garlic than the recipe calls for. This was great; my family called it a "keeper" recipe. I would definitely make it again and it was so easy to prepare!"

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mehalv User ID: 4612167 99191
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"This was delicious! Though, I did cheat and use can spaghetti sauce in place of the tomato sauce and spices. I also added some green olives. This was flavorful and we liked that each bite was different and tasty! Hubby has requested I make it again."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.