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The only strange thing about Pasta Pizza is the name. It's colorful, tasty, and so easy, 'cause everything gets layered just like regular pizza, but over a pasta "crust" instead of pizza dough.
What You'll Need
- 1 pound elbow macaroni or other medium pasta shape
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes or 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
- 2 cups any combination of chopped fresh vegetables, like celery, onions, red and green bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, spinach, or parsley
- 1/2 cup canned chick peas, rinsed and drained
- 6 pitted ripe olives, sliced (optional)
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
What to Do
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until just underdone; drain.
- Place pasta in prepared baking pan; toss with Italian seasoning, garlic, crushed red pepper, tomato sauce, and Parmesan cheese.
- Pour tomatoes over the top then layer remaining ingredients, ending with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes, and serve.