Please let me begin by saying that the name of this entree is really quite deceiving. When I think of Pizza Mac & Cheese, I envision Macaroni and Cheese on top of a thick crust pizza dough. Instead this casserole is a fiery (not literally) twist, combining two childhood favorites. The base of this entree is a glorified noodle classic, a 39 cent box of Macaroni and Cheese. Moving on to the much needed protein, we layered in some ground beef and even snuck in some green peppers for added vitamin C (even when cooked down you my receive at least 10% of the original nutritional value, did I mention this is not necessarily one of my leanest dishes), then topped with rich gooey cheeses and of coarse pepperoni slices. Serve this to a wild pack of 6 year olds and I am sure that you will be praised.
Pizza Mac & Cheese
1 package macaroni and cheese
6 cups water
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion chopped
1 small green pepper chopped
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 jar (14oz) pizza sauce
1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
Begin by cooking Mac & Cheese as per packaged directions, will cook approx 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, n a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is not longer pink, then drain.
Drain mac & cheese; stir in contents of cheese packet. Transfer to a greased round 2 1/2 qt baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Top with beef mixture, pizza sauce, pepperoni and remaining cheeses.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until heated throughout.
This recipe was provided by Taste Of Home Magazine.