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Family Matters: Pizza and a Movie


Pizza Movie

Friday night at our house has always been a traditional pizza and movie night. When the kids were younger, we would take them to the video store every Friday night. First, we would order our pizza. Then, the kids would pick out a movie for them, and my husband and I would pick out a grown-up movie for us. By the time we made our video selections, our pizza was ready to take home.

Times have changed over the past 16 years. We no longer go to the video store, and we can now download or stream the movie of our choice. We no longer need to get a kids’ movie and an adult movie. Now, it’s usually a guys’ movie and a girls’ movie. However, one thing remains the same; Friday night is always pizza night!

Over the years, I have tried all kinds of pizzas: ordered in, homemade, frozen, cook it when you get home pizza, etc. This past Friday night, I wanted to change it up a bit and made a pizza casserole. My kiddos and husband were impressed that I made something new that kept with our traditional Friday pizza and movie night!

Pizza Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 (16 oz) bag rotini or penne pasta, cooked
1 (32 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1 lb bulk Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
4 oz sliced pepperoni
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 cup sliced green bell pepper
1 cup sliced red bell pepper
1 cup sliced bottom mushrooms
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place cooked pasta in a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.
Top with spaghetti sauce and all other ingredients except the cheese.
Top the entire dish with the shredded mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly.

BITS & PIECES
Many casseroles can be assembled ahead of time and chilled until baking.
Remove the dish from the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before putting it
in the oven. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time.

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