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A2D Cooking School:: Pizza Casserole

Well, I don’t have a video for you today. You won’t believe what I did!!  (Actually, you probably will find it quite easy to believe.)

I usually do my cooking videos on Wednesdays. But this last week, I decided to get ahead of the game and do it on Tuesday evening. I got everything prepared, got the video camera set up, turned it on, got started cooking, and made the entire recipe. As I put the casserole in the oven and headed over to the video camera to turn it off while the casserole was cooking, I had this feeling that I had forgotten something quite important.

Sure enough…I forgot to turn my microphone on!!!  The entire video was completely SILENT!!

I thought I had a brilliant and hilarious idea: I wanted to get my Mexican neighbor to do a voice-over of the whole video in Spanish, and then have English subtitles. Even just thinking about that, it cracks me up…like a really low-budget soap opera or something. But Matt said it would be too much trouble. Bummer.

So I thought I’d get up early this morning and redo the video, but frankly, I just don’t have the energy for it. I’m sure y’all will understand.

But even thought I don’t have a video, I still wanted to share what I made this week. It was another cooking success (Matt said this was his favorite so far), and another successfull week of eating at home!! It’s been almost three weeks since we’ve eaten fast food. Hooray!!!! That’s a major victory for us!! So here’s what I made this week…

PIZZA CASSEROLE
via All Recipes

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup sliced pepperoni sausage
16 ounces pizza sauce
4 tablespoons milk
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  3. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef with the onion, garlic and green bell pepper. Drain excess fat. Stir in the noodles, pepperoni, pizza sauce and milk, and mix well. Pour this mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, top with the cheese, then bake for 5 to 10 more minutes.

Matt and I both really liked this casserole, but we both agree that if I make it again, we’d prefer a different type of noodles.  I was looking at all of the photos submitted of this recipe, and some of them used penne or rotini, both of which look really good.  I think I’m just not a huge fan of egg noodles.

I also noticed in the photos that people added all types of things in their casserole that you would find on pizza (e.g., olives), so basically whatever you like on your pizza, throw it into the casserole!

Hopefully I’ll be back with another video next week…barring any unforseen technical difficulties.  🙂  Don’t forget…if you have any easy recipes you think I might enjoy, please send them to me!!

Have a great weekend,



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4 Comments

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Frugalicious Definition
    January 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Looks yummy. I had a Marie Callender meal last night. So, your yummy casserole definitely trumps my microwaved meal. 🙂

    If you want to post the video anyway, you can just add text to the video with a bit of music (maybe a mariachi band) playing in the background. Personally, I'd love to see the vid!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Kristi's mom
    January 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    So funny, Kristi. Reminds me of someone I know. Hmmm…who could that be? 🙂 It looks delicious! I agree with the post above. Tell Matt to get busy on that.

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Leigh
    January 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Sounds yum. My kids (i.e. the pickiest eaters in.the.world) might actually like this! I think it would have been kind of humorous to see the video sans sound. Anyway, here is the easiest recipe you will ever try and it's dee-lish-us!!! It's my hub's favorite and it's great for leftovers, too. Here goes:

    4 pork chops (we actually prefer pork steak, but they're both good)
    1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice (ORIGINAL RECIPE)
    1 can French Onion soup + 1/2 can water
    1-2 TBSP butter

    Pour the rice and seasoning packet in a 9×13 pan (I usually double this and use the 9×13 so you might be able to use a smaller pan) and then pour in the soup and water. Chunk up the butter in there too, and mix it all together until the seasoning is all mixed in. Place the pork in the pan and push down under the liquid (I even spread some of the rice on top of the pork). Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 1hr to 1hr 15min. This literally takes about 5 min start to finish to throw together and you have a main dish and a side. I usually serve it with one of the Bird's Eye Steam Fresh veggies and some Sister Shubert's rolls. This is one dish our whole family will eat. Well parts of it at least. My son loves the rice (he's not big on meat) and my daughter (the carnivore among us) adores the meat. It is SO tender and juicy. Ok I'll shut up now. Enjoy!

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Leigh
    April 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Sounds yum. My kids (i.e. the pickiest eaters in.the.world) might actually like this! I think it would have been kind of humorous to see the video sans sound. Anyway, here is the easiest recipe you will ever try and it's dee-lish-us!!! It's my hub's favorite and it's great for leftovers, too. Here goes:

    4 pork chops (we actually prefer pork steak, but they're both good)
    1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice (ORIGINAL RECIPE)
    1 can French Onion soup + 1/2 can water
    1-2 TBSP butter

    Pour the rice and seasoning packet in a 9×13 pan (I usually double this and use the 9×13 so you might be able to use a smaller pan) and then pour in the soup and water. Chunk up the butter in there too, and mix it all together until the seasoning is all mixed in. Place the pork in the pan and push down under the liquid (I even spread some of the rice on top of the pork). Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 1hr to 1hr 15min. This literally takes about 5 min start to finish to throw together and you have a main dish and a side. I usually serve it with one of the Bird's Eye Steam Fresh veggies and some Sister Shubert's rolls. This is one dish our whole family will eat. Well parts of it at least. My son loves the rice (he's not big on meat) and my daughter (the carnivore among us) adores the meat. It is SO tender and juicy. Ok I'll shut up now. Enjoy!

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