I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Baked Pizza Penne

When you can't decide if you want pizza or penne....

340 g/ 12 oz pkg penne pasta
olive oil
1/4 lb pepperoni (divided)
1 green pepper, sliced
1 tbsp slivered garlic
2 tbsps chopped sundried tomatoes in oil
1/4 cup sliced black olives
14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp fennel seed
1 tsp dried oregano
2 1/2 cups pasta sauce
  (your own recipe, store bought or this Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Basil Sauce)  http://hotandcoldrunningmom.blogspot.ca/2013/09/roasted-tomato-garlic-basil-sauce.html)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2  1/2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided

Cook penne as per package directions. I like this one.

Meanwhile heat 2 tbsps olive oil in a large skillet. Add green pepper, garlic and sundried tomatoes.

Add canned tomatoes and cook a few minutes until liquid reduces and the green pepper is tender crisp. Add the oregano and the fennel, rubbing the seeds between your fingers to release more of it's scent. Chop 2/3 of the pepperoni and put that in too.

Remove from heat. 
Stir in the pasta sauce, olive oil and balsamic.

Spoon a ladle or two of sauce into a 13 X 9" oiled baking dish. Stir the pasta into the sauce pot along with 1 cup of mozzarella and spoon it all into the baking dish.
Top with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of shredded  mozzarella, pepperoni, black olives and whatever else you usually would have on your pizza.
Like parmesan and more green pepper.

Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
Serves 6
And it makes great leftovers for lunch the next day too!

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