** I made this Tuesday for the first time. I can not remember where I got this recipe, but it is really good and very kid friendly! You can also customize this as you want or need, this recipe is that versatile! As usual, I will tell you what changes I made in the Cook’s Notes at the bottom of this recipe.**
12 ounces of uncooked medium pasta ( I used penne)
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 pound of Italian sausage (mild or hot) removed from casings if using links
1/2 pound lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 can ( I used the normal sized, I think it was 10.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
2 tsp. oregano
4 cups pasta sauce
3 cups mozzarella cheese
28 slices of pepperoni ( I used Hormel, the already packaged you can find near the pizza sauce usually)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook pasta according to package directions, making sure it is el dente, rinse under cold water and drain well.
Brown onion, garlic, sausage, and beef in a large pan over medium heat. Drain any fat. Add in red and green peppers cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Add oregano, drained tomatoes, and pasta sauce, stirring together until well mixed.
Place the cooked pasta into a 9×13 pan. Pour the meat mixture over pasta and top with cheese and pepperoni slices.
Bake 35-40 minutes uncovered or until the cheese is melted and the pasta is heated through.
Cook’s Notes: I did not use the onion or peppers, mainly because I am allergic to the onion and do not like the peppers. I did not have any sausage on hand, so I used a full pound of ground beef. It was so good! My 2 year old loved it! He had 2 servings of it. I loved it because it was quick and easy. Perfect for a week night dinner. You could add any kind of pizza ingredient you like such as mushrooms as well, it is easily customizable.