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Monday, May 14, 2012

Meat Lovers Pasta Bake

Vegetarians and Vegans beware. This post is not for you. I'm sorry, but I'm not. 
I'm a lady who proudly enjoys bacon with everything. And this dish is one of them! 
Bacon, ground pork, and pepperoni. Yep, that just happened. It's like a meat-lovers pizza all wrapped up in a creamy pasta sauce. Best part is, this meal is quick-easy-and downright yummy. 
Perfect for a weeknight dinner!  

Meat Lovers Pasta Bake
serves 4-6 
  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente 
  • 1 cup fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup of pre-sliced pepperoni 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes [or more if you like an extra kick]
  • 1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 3 cups jarred marinara 
  1. begin by preheating oven to 350 degrees and cooking bacon in a large pan. cook until browned. then remove from pan and let drain on a paper towel. reserve bacon grease in pan. 
  2. add ground pork to pan. brown and season with garlic powder, Italian Seasoning, and red pepper flakes. add yellow pepper, onion and pepperoni slices. stir well. 
  3. melt cream cheese into meat mixture and add marinara sauce. stir until well blended. 
  4. remove from heat + slowly add spaghetti to sauce pan a little at a time. use tongs to combine sauce and pasta well. pour into greased casserole dish. 
  5. top with browned bacon, colby-jack cheese and a sprinkle or two of Italian Seasoning. bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted. 

check out that cheesy-meaty goodness. 

it's a beautiful thing. 

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4 Comments:

At May 15, 2012 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

My favorite part is step four ;)

 
At May 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Sando Weis said...

HA! you would ;)

 
At May 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Steph said...

This looks so good, I'll definitely be trying this!

 
At May 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM , Blogger Ashley said...

I am a new follower ;)
This meal looks deliicious!! YUM!

Feel free to pop by and say hello some time!!!

 

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