Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pepperoni Rigatoni

Looking for a tasty dish so simple even an 8 year old could make it? Well, open up your eyes cause you're looking at it! I handed the oven mitts over to Miss Picky Pants (Makayla) and let her in on the action. I had noodle duty (I don't think she's old enough to mess with boiling water) and she cut up pepperoni and mixed everything together. Best of all, this dish is super affordable because it only has 5 ingredients. My recent cookbook shopping spree (I bought 2 new cookbooks in February) left me with a wonderful Taste of Home cookbook called Ultimate FIVE Ingredient Recipes. I've already made several recipes and there are a lot more I want to try. This dish will please even your pickiest eaters. Picky Pants herself even ate two large helpings... now that means it was great! Enjoy :)

**Here's some exciting news: My Aunt Cathy (whom I posted about having breast cancer) just found out she's CANCER FREE!!**

PEPPERONI RIGATONI
1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni or large tube pasta
1 jar (28 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (Mozzarella would also be great)

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Add spaghetti sauce and toss to coat. Place half in a greased shallow 3-qt. microwave-safe dish. Top with half of the pepperoni and cheese. Repeat layers. Cover and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

**I cooked this in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes or until warm and bubbly**

12 comments:

Sila Lumenn said...

We love this. I usually put other ingredients in it as well: sliced black olives, mushrooms, hamburger or Italian sausage...whatever you love on your pizza.

Katie said...

I make a baked spaghetti that is similar, but I think the pepperoni sounds great in it.

Lara said...

This dish looks right up my alley for a quick last minute meal. My kids devour anything with pepperoni in it.

Chicago Mom said...

Congrats to your Aunt Kathy!
This dish sounds perfect for our family; we love spaghetti, we love cheese, we love pepperoni - thanks!

Mary said...

Yay for your Aunt Cathy!!!

Great quick family meal. Yum.

Willoughby said...

I always make dinner plans first thing in the morning. I think I just found what I'll be making tonight! I think my kids would really like it.

Congratulations to your Aunt Cathy!! That's great news!

Katy ~ said...

Anything with pepperoni and Ole Sweetie-Pi loves it. You know I was going to make pasta the othef night and couldn't think of anything delish to do with it. Now we had the pepperoni. Wish I had seen this. It wouldn't beat that cream of wheat bowl of cereal I ate, grins.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am so happy to hear about your aunt! What wonderful news.

This is no only a kid pleaser but a family pelaser at our house. We do this fairly often and we never tire of it!

teresa said...

so happy for aunt cathy, wonderful news indeed!

great dish, a family pleaser!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

OHHH I love this my dear! What a great idea :).

Thanks the photo collages make posting easy. I'm using picasa and loving it. Easy to group them ... lol

Mary said...

What wonderful news for your aunt, Heidi. All else pales besides that. I really love your blog and will be back often to visit. Have a great day.

Ingrid said...

That's awesome!

I love it when I find a recipe that everyone enjoys.
~ingrid