Mix and Match Pizza Casserole (A Clean Out the Fridge Recipe)

Sexy Nerd loves this and wants me to make it every day. I think it's okay, though I do love that it's quick and easy, as well as a great way to use up leftovers. Using a large, shallow dish cuts the baking time significantly. You can use something thicker, like a loaf pan, but it will take extra time to heat through.

There are no measurements for the ingredients - just throw in what you have on hand, in the amount you think will taste best. When I make this, it's all vegetables. When you-know-who cooks it, the recipe is meat, meat, and more meat!
                                      
Mix and Match Pizza Casserole
A Clean Out the Fridge Recipe

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. All of the ingredients, like the pasta and the ground meat, should be cooked and ready to eat before they go into the pan. Layer the following, in order, starting at the bottom of the greased pan:

Ingredients:

1. Pasta or a mixture of different pastas (I like to use whole wheat macaroni + whole wheat bowtie.)
2. Seasoned ground meat
3. Shredded cheese, such as cheddar
4. Mixed vegetables (I use diced carrots, peas, zucchini, and shredded potatoes.)
5. Another layer of pasta
6. Can of diced tomatoes, undrained (The variety with Italian seasoning is a favorite of ours, although we sometimes spice things up with the Hatch Green Chile flavor. We are in Albuquerque, after all.)
7. Mozzarella cheese
8. Bread crumbs
9. Pepperoni or pizza toppings of your choice

Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.

casserole recipe to use up leftovers
Hot, melty cheese - comfort food at its finest

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