Take Italian favorites--ready-made frozen meatballs, mozzarella, and prepared pizza sauce--and turn them into a fun casserole.
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
cans (15 oz each) pizza sauce
French baguette loaf (1 lb), cut into 1-inch-thick slices
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
bag (16 oz) frozen cooked Italian meatballs (about 32 meatballs), thawed
cup chopped pepperoni (2 oz)
cup chopped red bell pepper (1/2 medium)
cup shredded fresh basil leaves
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and pizza sauce until well blended.
In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of sauce mixture; arrange baguette slices over sauce. Spread top of baguette slices with 1 cup sauce mixture; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
Stir meatballs and pepperoni into remaining sauce mixture; pour over cheese. Sprinkle with bell pepper and remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with basil.
Add favorite pizza toppings--mushrooms, olives, cooked Italian sausage or bacon--to this recipe along with the bell pepper.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1/8 of Recipe
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
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- Total Carbohydrate
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% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:3 Starch; 2 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.