Supreme Pizza Casserole

I must have been thinking of pizza when I whipped up this casserole from scratch, without any recipes.  I’m pretty pleased with the results and I hope that you will be, too!

Here’s What You Need:

  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 organic green bell pepper, diced
  • 1  organic medium onion, diced
  • 2 organic celery stalks, diced
  • 3 or 4 organic raw mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup homemade beef stock or beef drippings
  • 2 cups homemade vegetable stock (or additional beef stock, if desired)
  • 1 cup of  organic marinara sauce (preferably homemade)
  • 8 ounces of organic pasta (whatever shape you’d like, but I used a short pasta)
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of homemade bread crumbs or homemade seasoned breadcrumbs

Here’s What I do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Begin browning the ground beef, then add the onions, celery and bell pepper.  Cook until the meat is tender and the onions are transparent.
  3. Add the mushrooms, stir.
  4. Add the stock and marinara sauce, stir.
  5. Add the seasonings, stir
  6. Add the noodles, stir
  7. Simmer until the noodles are al dente.
  8. Place the mixture into a baking dish and cover with the cheese and breadcrumbs.  Bake until bubbly and the bread crumbs are toasted.  (15 – 30 minutes depending on the size of your pan.  I cut this recipe in half and it took 15 minutes to bake.)

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