Pizza Pasta Pandamonium

By: Julie

Time: 30 min

Serves: 8

It’s a normal dreary, rainy day.  Everything is coming up Milhouse until suddenly it happens.  You have an intense craving for pasta, but also for spicy pepperoni, and blistered mozzerella.  Will you make pizza or pasta?  Well, now you don’t have to decide.  You can make this:

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A delicious blend of pizza and pasta.  Very good bedfellows.   I have seen things like this before made in crock pots.  I’m not really sure why, unless you are taking it to pot luck, in which case a crock pot is very convenient.  Several recipes I saw wanted me to cook the ingredients and then combine them in the crock pot for further cooking for hours and hours.  Crock pots are supposed to be time saving inventions, but seriously you can make this 30 min so why bother dirtying more than one pot?  CAN YOU TELL I DON’T HAVE A DISHWASHER? One pot meals are my jam.

You Will Need:

  • 1 lb of lean hamburger.  If you use a medium grind make sure to take ff the fat
  • 2 italian sausage links (optional) removed from casing
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  •  1 can of tomato sauce – your own or GASP! store bought is fine (540ml)
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce – or make your own (398ml)
  • 2 cups of pepperoni, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of hot salami diced (optional.  If ommitting add 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes)
  • 1-2tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • 3 cups of cooked whole wheat rotini
  • 2 cups of mozzarela cheese, shredded
  • fresh basil for garnish

Add onion, garlic, pepper, ground beef and sausage to pot.  Cook over medium heat, stirring to break up meat.  (Don’t forget to cook your pasta so you can add it later).

Once meat is browned and onions are tender add the garlic and tomato paste, stirring to coat.  Continue to stir until paste is cooked and fragrant.

Add the pepperoni and the salami

Add tomato sauce and pizza sauce.  Stir to combine.

Taste, then add 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar and taste again.  The vinegar brings out the sweetness of the tomato without adding sugar.  Add the other tablespoon if needed depending on the sauce you used.

Stir in the pasta.

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scrape down the sides of the pot and sprinkle the cheese on top.  You may want to use less but I like a nice thick blister of cheese on top.

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Set the oven to broil and WATCH CAREULLY.  Do not leave the oven door or you will cry.  By the time the smoke detector goes off it will be too late.  Nothing seems to happen for the first 2 minutes but the cheese goes from melted to blistered in about 30 seconds so stare at it until its ready.

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Allow to cool for five minutes and spoon onto plate.  Garnish with fresh basil.

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I served this with a raw spinach salad with oil white wine vinegar topped with some feta cheese and it was divine.  An easy weeknight meal.

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