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Hearty Pizza Casserole

 Hearty Pizza Casserole
“This cheesy, meaty meal is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time,” says Barbara Walker of Brookville, Kansas. “Downsizing it allows me to enjoy it more often.”
4 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
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  • 6 small fresh mushrooms, halved
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large
  • skillet, cook the beef, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until
  • meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, pepperoni,
  • olives, sugar, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  • Drain macaroni; add to meat mixture. Transfer to a 1-1/2-qt. baking
  • dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated
  • through. Or before baking, cover and freeze casserole for up to 3
  • months.
  • To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove

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Hearty Pizza Casserole (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake according to
  • directions. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (prepared with reduced-fat cheese) equals 340 calories, 19 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 871 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.