What is it with my family thinking they need dinner every night. I mean, if I made a good dinner with a great side and a salad and rolls, that should at least count for 2, maybe 3 nights right? Alas, at the end of each day, everyone thinks that they need dinner whether last night’s was spectacular or not.
So, after putting forth a 5 star effort, it’s nice to a dinner (or two) in the line up that can be pulled together in a snap. This Two Timin’ Pasta from Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour is exactly what I need on nights like this, and I know that you do too.
How easy is this: Boil pasta; mix together two jarred sauces, add pasta and cheese, mix together, pour in pan and cook. That’s it! This would also be a great starter meal for older kids/teens who are learning to cook.
I thought that this would be too saucy, with two jars, but it was the perfect amount.
Everyone really liked this dinner and I liked the fact that dinner was a hit and I had extra time so I l could watch the new Goldbergs episode instead of being in the kitchen.
–And it’s Mom for the win!
Cook pasta according to directions and drain. Mix the sauces together in a large bowl. Add 1 Cup of the mozzarella and the parmesan and stir to combine. Then pour in the penne and toss to coat. Pour pasta into 9x13 baking dish, top with the last cup of mozzarella and cook on 350 for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Top with Garlic Bread Seasoning (if desired) and Enjoy!
Does anyone in your house like pepperoni pizza? Is that a silly question? I’m going to assume that you answered “yes” and that, like me, pizza is guaranteed winner 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I was intrigued when I saw a pin for Pepperoni Pizza Waffles last week and started to investigate. Apparently I’m a little bit late to the idea as there are many, many blogs that have posted variations of this idea. Some I rejected very quickly because they used a canned biscuit for the dough and I’m pretty sure that a canned biscuit would still taste like a canned biscuit after going through my waffle iron. I’m not saying I have anything against said biscuits, but if I’m making pizza, it’s not the dough of choice. After reading how several others made them I settled on my own method and was very happy with the results.
One thing that I really like about these waffles is that they are easy to have the ingredients on hand for and perfect for a teenager to make for themselves as an afterschool snack or lunch.
I chose to use a garlic and herb pizza dough that I bought at the store. I’m sure that homemade would work great too. I also liked using the mini pepperonis instead of full sized. If you use the regular sized ones I’d cut them into quarters.
I tried making it like a calzone, where I built a pizza on half of the dough, folded it in half and sealed it. I also made some made like a regular pizza and then covered it with a piece of dough of similar size and sealed it. Both cooked the same in the waffle iron. I found that I preferred the calzone method.
None of the recipes that I saw had you use sauce in the waffle. I tried it and I liked the flavor that it added. We also really liked dipping the waffles in the pizza sauce.
You will have cheese escape no matter how well you seal it. Just think of those crispy pieces of cheese as an added bonus and be prepared for people to fight over them.
The waffle iron will need to be cleaned after you get done, but this really wasn’t hard to do. That was unlike the last time tried a Pinterest idea in my waffle iron and made cinnamon roll waffles with canned cinnamon rolls. The sugar stuck to my waffle iron and was a nightmare to clean off. (you have been warned!)
These also are a great alternative to a sandwich in a lunch. My kids get pretty sick of eating sandwiches everyday and were excited to see something new in their lunches. My boys were trying to let me to send them pizza sauce in their lunch so they could dip them at school. I told them they’d be fine with out it. They were. 🙂
Take a small ball of pizza dough (about the size of a plum) and flatten it out as thin as you would for pizza. Spread a small amount of pizza sauce over half of the dough leaving a lip around the outer edge like you would for a pizza. Top the sauce with pepperoni and cheese. Fold in half and seal the two sides together making sure to get all of the air out before completely sealing. Place in a waffle iron and press closed for 20 seconds. Let it cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove and eat immediately with pizza sauce as a dip or save it for later in the refrigerator as a quick pick me up, a midnight snack or tomorrow's lunch.