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Pizza Pasta

It can be a real challenge cooking for a toddler. Miss M was going through a chicken finger phase for the last little while and I had to get her out of it somehow. She hasn’t been eating pizza lately either, which was strange, but she does seem to like pasta. I stumbled upon this recipe while visiting Chef Michael Smith’s website www.chefmichaelsmith.com and it sounded so delicious I HAD to give it a try. I was hesitant to buy 4 pints of cherry tomatoes so I waited for canned tomatoes to be on sale at my grocery store. And I’m not a fan of pepperoni so I jumped at the chance when mild Italian turkey sausage was also on sale. I removed the casings and browned them in a large sauté pan then added a large can of plum tomatoes and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or so while I roasted the onions, garlic, and 1 pint of fresh grape tomatoes. Once the veggies were ready I combined everything as directed in the recipe and broiled until the cheese was melted. Mmmm! It’s one of those dishes that gets better the more you eat it. Dangerous! And the best part – Miss M loved it!

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Pizza Pasta

ingredients:

1/2 box penne pasta (about 2 cups)
1 pound spicy pepperoni, chopped in 1 inch pieces (I used one pack of mild Italian sausage)
4 pints (or so) Cherry Tomatoes
2 large onions cut in 8
1 head garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons or so dried oregano
4 ounces cream cheese (half a block)
1-2 sprinkles salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
3 cups or so mozzarella cheese, shredded

instructions:

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).Toss pepperoni, tomatoes, onions, garlic, oregano and olive oil in a large bowl. Turn into a 9- X 13-inch (3.5L) ovenproof casserole or baking dish. After 30 minutes or so stir the works once or twice then keep an eye on things. Bake until the tomatoes soften and the pepperoni and onion lightly brown, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and set to broil.Meanwhile cook your pasta in lots of boiling salted water. Drain it well but do not rinse or you’ll drain away the surface starch that helps the sauce cling to it. When the roast tomato sauce has finished cooking toss it with the pasta and stir in the cream cheese. Top with the mozzarella. Broil until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly, about 5 minutes or so. Your hearty pizza pasta is ready! Call in the gang, serve and share.

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About heathershomemade

Cupcake obsessed foodie from Ottawa, ON, Canada

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