Loaded Pizza Pasta Casserole

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Feel like pizza but don't feel like ordering take out and you also don't have the time or energy to make a proper crust? This loaded pizza pasta casserole checks all the boxes; it's cheesy, saucy and loaded with carbs. All of the things we love about pizza and more. So this is a casserole recipe that will definitely satisfy your pizza craving, and you don't have to order takeout or make your own crust, so it's a win-win all around. A casserole recipe like this is also one of those easy dinner ideas that's perfect for kids. It would also be great for a potluck or a fun dinner party. The delicious recipe comes from Diana Rattray on The Spruce Eats. The Spruce shares great information, and they are a great go-to for cleaning tips, home DIY, and recipes. They have a number of easy dinner ideas and more casserole recipes much like this one, as well as yummy dessert recipes, appetizers, breakfasts and more. They also share some great drink ideas as well. For this recipe, you'll be taking all of the flavours of pizza and putting them on pasta. In this recipe, they recommend using fusilli bucati, but you could also use rotini or penne, even macaroni noodles to make this pizza pasta masterpiece.

You could also jazz it up in your own way by adding ingredients much like you would add toppings to a pizza. You could try a Hawaiian version if you're feeling adventurous with some pineapple and ham with cheese. Or you could do a completely vegetarian pizza with all of your favourite veggie pizza toppings. A meat lovers pizza casserole recipe could include different kinds of sliced meat with some bacon on top. You can also make substitutions as well including making it gluten-free or vegan. For anyone who is gluten intolerant or dairy sensitive, you could use a gluten-free pasta noodle and a dairy-free cheese like Daiya cheese. Having some salad on the side would also bring in some more greens into this dinner idea, and you could even serve it with some garlic bread, either regular or gluten-free. This particular version of the recipe uses lean ground beef, but you could use ground chicken or turkey, or for a vegan option, just use vegan ground meat substitute. If you are going to buy meat always make sure that it comes from an organic pasture-raised source. For this recipe, they also use mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, and pizza sauce. They also use pepperoni and cheese for this recipe.

If you would like to make your own pizza sauce, you can pick up some tomato paste and crushed tomatoes and blend them together to create the perfect thickness. Add in herbs and spices to make your sauce nice and flavourful, and to taste how you like it. When you're using tomatoes and peppers, be sure you're buying them organic since they are on the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group. All vegetables and fruits that made it on this list were tested for chemicals and pesticides, and each of them came back with high levels of pesticides or residues of pesticides which is why you'll want to get any produce you find on that list organic. The Clean Fifteen is a safe list of vegetables and fruits you can buy either non-organic or organic because they came back with low or no pesticide residue. Eating organic may seem expensive, but it's an investment in your health, which is priceless. In the long run, buying organic could save you a lot of medical expenses in the future. Try out this great recipe and see what you think.***

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