Italian Pasta Casserole

The flavors  in this dish are reminiscent of lasagna but without as much fuss.  This casserole is deliciously heart-warming for your family or guests. Serve with garlic bread and a crisp green salad for a complete meal.

Italian Pasta Casserole
2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/3 cup tomato paste
3/4 teaspoon Watkins Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Chili Powder
1/4 teaspoon Watkins Oregano
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon Watkins Organic Garlic Powder
1/8 teaspoon Watkins Thyme
1/8 teaspoon Watkins Black Pepper
2 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble beef and sausage into a large skillet; add onion and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

Drain pasta; stir in meat mixture and pepperoni. Transfer half of pasta mixture to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with half of cheese; repeat layers.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.

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