Friday, January 28, 2011

Anthony's Pizza Pasta

Mmmmm cheesy goodness

One evening, a little over a year ago,Anthony and I were trying to figure out what to have for dinner.  He wanted pizza but I didn't have any pizza sauce or crust, but we had everything else.  So he came up with this recipe (with a little help from mom). And it turned out pretty good.  Well we made pizzas the other day and needed to use up the leftover pepperonis.  So, Pizza Pasta was the solution, and we haven't had it in quite a while.

This can either just be thrown together last minute, skipping the crock pot and just boiling your chicken instead, or you can do what I did today.  I threw 2-4 frozen chicken breast, a jar of spaghetti sauce, and a can of petite diced tomatoes in the crock pot and let it cook for 6 hrs on low.  It has a great flavor slow cooking like this if you can manage getting it in early enough for the meat to cook all the way.

About 45 minutes - 1 hour before dinner.  Cook 16oz of dry pasta, we like it with penne noodles but I make it with whatever I have on hand, make sure not to overcook the pasta your gonna put it in the oven too. 

Then take the chicken out and cut it up into bite sized pieces.  Cut about 15-20 pepperonis into quarters and stir back into the crock pot. 

Put pasta and sauce in a 9x13 pan or a large casserole dish.  This makes enough for two meals for our family so I put half in a medium casserole dish and half in an 8x8 pan to put up for later.

Add two 2.25 oz cans of sliced olives and 1 cup of cheese, stir.  The top with 1 additional cup of shredded cheese.

Place in the oven at 325 degrees for 20-25 min. 

I served with steamed broccoli and rolls.

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Anthony's Pizza Pasta

Serves 8-10  

2-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 jar Ragu light pasta sauce
1 can petite diced tomatoes
16oz of penne noodles
15-20 pepperonis, quartered
2 (2.25 oz) cans of sliced olives
2 cups of shredded cheese

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2.  Boil chicken then cut into bite size pieces.

3. Cook pasta, make sure not to overcook it will go in the oven next.

4. Mix chicken pieces, pasta sauce, petite diced tomatoes, pepperoni, olives, and pasta.

5. Stir in 1 cup of cheese, then place mixture in a 9x13 pan or large casserole dish.

6. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.

7. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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