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Pizza Macaroni Bake

 Pizza Macaroni Bake
What do you get when you combine macaroni and cheese with pizza fixings? This hearty family-pleasing casserole shared by Nancy Porterfield from Gap Mills, West Virginia. "It's easy and tasty, and my grandchildren really like it," she says.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Set the cheese packet from dinner mix aside. In a saucepan, bring
  • water to a boil. Add macaroni; cook for 8-10 minutes or until
  • tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper
  • over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Drain
  • macaroni; stir in the contents of cheese packet.
  • Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with
  • cheddar cheese. Top with the beef mixture, pizza sauce, pepperoni
  • and mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated
  • through. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 365 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 826 mg sodium, 23 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.