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My nine year old calls this Surprise Pizza! Because, well... surprise! It's not really pizza. Haha. And while it's not actually pizza, it is hugely popular in my house. If I want to be absolutely sure there will be no complaining about dinner, this is the recipe I pull from my back pocket. We usually do the pepperoni version, but sometimes I mix things up and add sausage, squash, olives, and even anchovies (shhhh, don't tell the children). Pepperoni Pizza Baked Ziti is super versatile and incredibly easy to make. I also love that you can freeze it! Yay! Make several trays at once and then pop them in the freezer for busy night.
It's also the perfect meal to serve to a crowd - say, for all these March basketball games?! Get a giant roasting pan and quadruple the recipe. Your guests will not be sorry. Serve it up with some fresh garlic bread or garlic knots and watch it all disappear.
It really couldn't get any easier to put together. I chop our pepperoni up because we have small children eating it and I'm paranoid about choking, but you really don't even need to do that. If you're going to freeze and enjoy it later, I suggest freezing it before you bake (when it looks like the second to last picture). When you're ready to eat just thaw and bake!
Garlic bread isn't strictly required, but mmmmm, it sure is good. I adore that you can make this whole dish in one pot. Feed a crowd without dirtying a sink full of dishes. That's what I call good sense! For dessert, I strongly suggest this Two Ingredient Strawberry Shortcake Bar Ice Cream Cake. I think it takes longer to say the name than it does to make the cake!
Pepperoni Pizza Baked Ziti, Ingredients:
- 1 pound baked ziti, cooked and drained
- 1 jar (about 24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese
- 6 ounces pepperoni (about 1 1/2 cups), chopped (reserve some for the top!)
- 4 cups mozzarella cheese (divided into 1 cup and 3 cups)
- optional: fresh basil for garnish
Pepperoni Pizza Baked Ziti, Directions:
- In a large skillet or roasting pan (I use the same skillet I prepared the noodles in) combine ziti, spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, chopped pepperoni, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
- Mix well, then top with remaining three cups of mozzarella and pepperoni slices.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- NOTE: If you're preparing a previously frozen dish or your noodles are cold, cover with foil and bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes, then uncover and bake an additional 10 - 15.
- Garnish with fresh basil and ENJOY!
If you love Italian, why not try some of these other delicious recipes!
- Open Faced Italian Chicken Sandwich
- Italian Sloppy Joes
- Balsamic Italian Vinaigrette Dressing
- Easy Italian Antipasto Salad
- Slow Cooker Italian Shredded Beef
- Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Stew
- Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Shells
- Easy Crescent Pizza Bites
- Two Minute Garlic Knots
- Slow Cooker Marinara Spaghetti Sauce
- Sausage and Peppers Flatbread
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