Cheesy Pizza Pasta

School’s out for another year!

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It is always a little bittersweet when the year ends…and though the kids are completely unruly at the end of the year, they still do the sweetest things.

Now to just relax, spend time with family and friends and check all those little projects off my list.

#teachersummergoals

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it grabbed my attention right away because of Andrew’s enduring love for anything pizza. And since I love him so much, I thought I would add it to our repertoire.

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

Here is what you need:

  • Italian sausage
  • pepperoni slices (30 in total)
  • 14 oz pizza sauce
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheese

The original recipe said to use an oven proof skillet so that you can melt the cheese at the end, but the thought of having to CLEAN my cast iron skillet outweighed the allure of melted cheese. So I went for my deep stainless steel frying pan with a lid instead.

I started by browning the Italian sausage in the pan until it was cooked through.

I added 2/3 of the pepperoni slices and let those heat through.

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

Next I added the pizza sauce, 2 cups of water, the penne, minced garlic (instead of powder since I didn’t have any), Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. I stirred it up, put a lid on it and let it cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes.

Do not forget to stir it every now and then…or else you will just have a burned on mess!

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

Finally I added the rest of the pepperoni slice and the cheese and let everything melt together.

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

I served this with a little Parmesan cheese and some parsley flakes.

Cheesy Pizza Pasta

The Verdict- The flavor of this is great! But I would definitely cook the pasta separately next time. It would save us from eating (very) al dente pasta and having to scrub the pan for 15 minutes after dinner trying to get all those burned on bits off. Next time I would consider using hot Italian sausage too for a little more kick and if I wanted to health this up a little I may add some mushrooms and green peppers too to make me feel like I’m getting some veggies in. All in all, a win.

Cheeseburger Bites

I was visiting with an old colleague this week and she was telling me how nice it was when she saw my blog notifications come into her email inbox. I lamented how I have not done nearly enough blogging this year and that I really need to get back into it. It just feels like there is never enough time, or I’ve thought about a post BEFORE I start cooking dinner and then all of the sudden my plate is empty and I didn’t take a single picture…

And now it’s June.

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I’m doing my best to wrap up all the learning we have done this year, report cards and year end activities but there really is just so much left to do.

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Oh well, the end of June is coming whether I am ready for it or not.

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Andrew and I love a good burger, but I am not handy with the barbecue and most times I want to get dinner ready before he gets home so that we are not eating super late at night. (And by super late I mean 6:30. Yes, I am like a 90 year-old)

So when I found this recipe for bake-able mini cheeseburgers I was intrigued to say the least.

Cheeseburger Bites

Here is what you need:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 can of condensed French onion soup (or I just used a onion soup dry packet mix)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • cheese (5 deli slices or you can use shredded. Whatever you like best….I just used what I had on hand in the fridge)
  • 1 tube of biscuit dough
  • shredded lettuce, mustard and chopped pickles to garnish the top

I preheated my oven to 375 degrees and sprayed my muffin tins with non-stick spray.

In a large skillet I browned my ground beef and removed any excess fat once it was all cooked through.

I added in the soup and ketchup and half the cheese. I cooked it again until the cheese was all melted in.

Cheeseburger Bites

In each muffin tin, I placed a piece of biscuit dough and pressed it down and up the sides.

Cheeseburger Bites

Into each dough cup, I spooned about 1/4 cup of the beef mixture.

Cheeseburger Bites

I baked these for 15 minutes or until the biscuits were golden brown. I topped with the remaining cheese and let it melt a bit before adding on the pickles, mustard and lettuce.

I served these with a salad on the side.

Cheeseburger Bites

The Verdict- These taste great! A quick and easy weeknight meal. I’m sure you could even make these in mini muffin tins for a cute little appetizer to serve at your next get together.