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Pepperoni Casserole


Posted: September 29

Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Who says pepperoni is only for pizza? Pepperoni Casserole fully embraces pepperoni’s smoky, spicy flavor by making it the star: the pasta provides a tender foundation and the pasta sauce accents the seasonings in the meat. Pepperoni Casserole even features even more savory sausage to make it extra meaty and extra delicious.


Ingredients

1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1 (16 ounce) jar pasta sauce
2 (12 ounce) containers cottage cheese
1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 (3 ounce) packages sliced pepperoni

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Lightly grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

Step 3

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

Step 4

Place the rotini pasta in the pot and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes.

Step 5

Drain the pasta.

Step 6

In a frying pan or skillet cook the sausage over medium heat until evenly cooked and the sausage has a nice brown color, about 6-8 minutes.

Step 7

In the prepared casserole dish, mix the cooked pasta, sausage, and pasta sauce.

Step 8

Mix the cottage cheese, olives, and mozzarella cheese in a bowl.

Step 9

Spoon the cheese mixture over the sausage and pasta mixture.

Step 10

Top the casserole with the pepperoni slices.

Step 11

Bake until bubbly and cheese is lightly browned, about 25 minutes.

Step 12

Serve.


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