Friday, April 22, 2011
Pasta Pizza with Ground Beef
1 cup dried pasta (any kind--I like rotini best though)
2 cups (approximately) tomato sauce--like what you would use on spaghetti or lasagna
1/4 lb hamburger meat
toppings: olives, mushrooms, onions, green or red pepper, bacon, sausage, etc.... take your pick!
1) Take a pie pan, and lightly grease it with butter or oil--especially the top part, which can get a little crusty while the pizza is baking.
2) Layer the dry pasta on the bottom, and then cover it generously with the tomato sauce. You can use more or less than the 2 cups, but make sure that the pasta is well covered. While cooking, the pasta need plenty of liquid to cook and become soft, and most of the liquid will come out of the tomato sauce. This will make the pasta full of flavor when the pizza is finished cooking!
3) Brown the hamburger in a frying pan and sprinkle it across the top of the sauce. Add any other toppings you might have on hand--the more the merrier! (You are welcome to use pepperoni or salami instead of the hamburger--I just usually have hamburger on hand.)
5) Bake at 350F for about 30 min. Depending on your oven and the type of pasta you used, it make take more or less time. The past is the limiting factor, so whenever it's sufficiently soft, the pizza will be ready to eat. So if the pizza is smelling really fragrant, you might as well check and see if the pasta is done.