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Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake

Stuck on what to make for dinner? Gina Ferwerda shares a new recipe perfect for the whole family while you're social distancing.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — SUPREME PIZZA PASTA BAKE 

(Serves 6-8)

  • 1 lb. penne pasta (any kind of pasta will work) 
  • 2 cups pizza sauce (or improvise with a combination of tomato sauce, pizza sauce and/or marinara) 
  • Assorted toppings - cooked sausage, bacon, pepperoni, green olives, onions and mushrooms (whatever your family likes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Optional garnishes-

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Basil 

Preheat oven to 350ºF. 

Add pasta to boiling, salted water and cook according to directions on package. Drain and set aside. 

In a large bowl, mix the pizza sauce, toppings, and the seasoning ingredients together. Then add the pasta to the mixture and fold all ingredients together. Place in a 9-x-13 baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted. 

Credit: Gina Ferwerda

CROUTONS 

(Makes 10 cups)

  • 1/2 cup oil 
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tablespoon house seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, onion and smoked paprika)
  • 1 pound French baguette or country bread, cubed (about 10 cups)

Preheat oven to 400ºF. 

Combine the oil, garlic, and seasoning. Add the cubed bread to a bowl, then toss in the oil mixture to thoroughly combine. Add the cubed bread to 2 large baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Let croutons cool and add to a zip-top bag or an air tight container and store in a cool pantry. 

Croutons are the perfect way to elevate your weekly meals. Use them on soups, salads, chili, or place them in a food processor and use them as breadcrumbs in meatloaf and meatballs. They can also be added to an egg bake. I have 7 different ways to use them, along with recipes, on my website Nom News. https://www.nomnews.com/single-post/2020/03/22/Quarantine-Cooking

Courtesy:

Gina Ferwerda

Cookbook Author 

https://www.nomnews.com

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