A great combination sure to please even the pickiest of palates, pizza pasta¬†is an "instant classic" (love a good oxymoron, don't you?)!¬†¬† And you can change¬†the recipe¬†to fit your family's pizza tastes, like adding mushrooms.¬†
2 cups spiral pasta
1 lb ground beef (I use the lean stuff, 90%)
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 can tomato puree (15 oz)
1/2 cup diced pepperoni
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Cook the pasta according¬†to package directions.¬† Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink.¬† Drain.¬† Add the tomato puree, pepperoni and seasonings.¬† Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
Drain the pasta.¬† Stir the pasta into the meat mixture and heat through.¬† Sprinkle with cheese.¬† Remove from heat, cover and let stand until cheese is melted.