Meat-Lover's Pizza Casserole

Adapted from Betty Crocker Casseroles.

1 lb uncooked ziti
1/2 lb bulk DLM Italian Sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
(2) 15-oz cans pizza sauce
8 slices DLM Uncured Bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
3.5-oz pkg sliced pepperoni
2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Heat oven to 350°. Spray a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, using minimum cooking time. Return to saucepan. Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet, cook and stir sausage, onion, green pepper, and garlic over medium-high heat about 7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is softened. Stir in pizza sauce, bacon, and pepperoni. Pour mixture over cooked pasta and stir. Spoon half of pasta mixture (about 4 cups) into a casserole. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Spoon remaining pasta mixture on top. Bake 30 minutes, top with remaining cup of cheese. Bake 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until hot and cheese is melted and bubbly.

Allergy Warning: Contains MilkContains Wheat

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