Pizza CasseroleThis spicy delicious casserole will bring a smile to your family’s appetite!

1 (8 oz) package ziti or other tubular pasta
1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 (15 oz) cans pizza sauce
10 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 (3.5 oz) package sliced pepperoni
2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend*

1. Cook pasta according to package directions using minimum cook time; drain and return to saucepan.

2. In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, combine sausage, onion, bell pepper and garlic powder. Cook until sausage is no longer pink and onion is softened; about 7 minutes. Stir in pizza sauce, crumbled bacon and pepperoni. Pour mixture over pasta ; stir to blend. Spoon 1/2 pasta mixture into casserole; sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Spoon remaining pasta mixture on top.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes; top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted and bubbly. Makes 8 servings.

* In place of Italian cheese blend, use a mixture of shredded mozzarella, Parmesan and provolone cheeses.

Emily

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