Italiaroni

This is one of the meals I made for the freezer meal exchange. It comes originally from Jana Ghormley in the NZC. As a bonus, I made my version this time for just under $5, which makes this meal about $0.62/serving. Not bad.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) package rotini pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (32-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (4-ounce) can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 (6-ounce) package sliced pepperoni
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Brown ground beef in a large skillet; drain.
  3. Season to taste with onion, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, and pepper.
  4. Add spaghetti sauce and mushrooms to beef mixture.
  5. Drain cooked pasta and combine with ground beef mixture in skillet.
  6. Pour in a 9×13 pan.
  7. Layer pepperoni on top, then cover with the mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 25–30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Note: I use spaghetti sauce that already has garlic and herbs and just skip the spices (step 3).


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