Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pizza Mac & Cheese

I had extra pizza toppings leftover from my pizza nachos so I thought I try a new mac & cheese with them and it really turned out very well.  I used turkey pepperoni because it's leaner and doesn't leave a grease ring in your pasta.

Pizza Mac & Cheese

4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups Penne Rigate
2 cups grated Colby/Jack cheese

1/4 cup pizza sauce
1/3# extra lean ground beef

1 tsp Italian Seasonings
1/2 cup turkey pepperoni
1 cup pizza cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Melt 4 tbsp butter and stir in flour.  Gradually add in milk, stirring constantly.  When thickened, remove from heat and add in cheeses.  When cheese has melted, stir in cooked and drained pasta.  In a small frying pan, cook hamburger that has 1 tsp of Italian Seasonings, salt and freshly ground pepper mixed together.

In a greased casserole, put in half of macaroni & cheese.  Top with pizza sauce, half the seasoned hamburger and pepperoni slices.

Place the remainder of the macaroni & cheese on top.   Add another layer of seasoned hamburger and pepperoni.  Sprinkle pizza cheese on top.

Servings: 8

Bake at 325°F for 30 minutes

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