This is another recipe I got from Facebook so I’m not sure what the source is. I have a goal to make one new recipe each week, and this week I thought Pizza Casserole sounded fun and interesting! Below is the recipe I found, but I made some modifications to it.
1 (16 ounce) package uncooked rotini pasta – I used shells because that’s what I had; anything works
1 lb ground Italian sausage – I used ground turkey (much lower in fat) and added salt, pepper, and Greek seasoning (my husband’s favorite seasoning)
1 (24 ounce) jar pasta sauce
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese (I used 2% rather than 4% milkfat – do they make nonfat cottage cheese?)
1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (I used chopped olives)
1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, drained (I omitted this because I wasn’t sure my husband would like the olives, so I didn’t want to press my luck!)
12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (I accidentally got monterey jack at the grocery store)
2 (3 ounce) packages sliced pepperoni (I used turkey pepperoni, and less than 1 package probably)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X13 casserole dish.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until evenly brown, drain grease. Mix in the cooked pasta and pasta sauce. Pour into prepared casserole dish.
In a bowl, mix the cottage cheese, olives, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.
Spoon the cheese mixture over the sausage and pasta mixture. Top with pepperoni slices.
Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.
My husband’s exact words: “It was awesome!”