Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pizza Mac

I think most people believe we have gourmet meals every night.  So I'm usually embarrassed when I run into people I know at the grocery store and I have things like Pop Tarts and Macaroni and Cheese in my basket.  It's not steak and lobster every night.  (I've actually never even cooked a lobster.)  Anyway, like most folks, we have our fair share of casseroles.  But that doesn't mean everything has to taste like canned cream soup either.  Pizza Mac has all the flavors of pizza, but the comfort of mac and cheese.  It's gooey like a lasagna, but simple to put together as a casserole!
The Pizza Mac Line-Up
Brown ground beef with onion
and green pepper.  Be sure to season
well with salt and pepper.

Combine cooked macaroni with the
cheese powder and place in bottom of
greased casserole dish.  Top with shredded cheddar
cheese, then the beef mixture.

Top beef mixture with pizza sauce.
Layer pepperoni on top of pizza sauce.
Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bake about 20 minutes, or until heated
through and cheese is melted.
Cheesy Pizza Goodness!

Pizza Mac
1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese mix
6 cups water
1 pound ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (about half the package)
1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce
1 package sliced pepperoni
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (whole package)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Remove cheese packet from mac and cheese box and set aside.  Bring water to a boil and add macaroni.  Cook for 9 minutes.  Meanwhile in a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion and green pepper until beef is no longer pink.  Drain.  Drain the macaroni and add contents of cheese packet.  (Just the nuclear orange cheese powder, not the milk or butter the box preparation calls for. )  Keep stirring until cheese powder is dissolved and mixed well with the macaroni.  Spread into a greased 13x9-inch baking dish.  Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.  Top with beef mixture.  Spread pizza sauce on top of beef mixture and cover with a layer of pepperoni.  On top of the pepperoni, sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese.  Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until heated through.

Prep Time:  Approximately 25 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 20 minutes

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