This "Cheesy Skillet Pizza Casserole" is one of those one skillet meals that I just love, because they are so easy and cleanup is a breeze. Sometimes, we just need something easy we can do in a short time and not mess up the whole kitchen doing it! This one doesn't even require a separate pan for the pasta and the results are so good! Here is what you will need:
1 lb. ground chuck or beef
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1/2 green or red bell pepper, diced
1 (32 oz.) jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. Greek seasoning (optional)
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbs. sugar
2 cups (around 8 oz.) dried rotini or penne pasta (not cooked)
2 cups water
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup pepperoni slices
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Brown the ground chuck or ground beef, you all know I only use ground chuck, in a large, oven proof skillet that has a lid. Add the onion and green pepper and saute until they are soft. Drain any excess grease.
Add the spaghetti sauce, seasonings and sugar. I like the flavor of the Greek seasoning in this, but if you don't have it, it can be left out. You might add a pinch more garlic powder and salt. I always add sugar to any tomato based sauce, it just cuts the acid some.
Add the pasta, uncooked and the water. Stir well and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down low and cover. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the pasta is just tender. If it seems too thick add just a bit more water. This depends on the pasta you use to some degree.
Sprinkle the top with the Parmesan cheese and then the Mozarella cheese. Evenly lay the pepperoni slices over the cheese. Sprinkle the top with the cheddar cheese.
Place in a 350 degree oven, uncovered for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is just starting to brown.
Serve with salad and maybe some garlic bread and dinner is served! Wasn't that easy?