Spaghetti Pizza Bake #SundaySupper #HelpingHands

It doesn’t matter how many times I see images from a disaster I am shocked every time. I just can never get use to the immense devastation that is left behind after disasters both man-made and nature. I hope I never lose that, I hope that there never comes a time that I look at an image of what use to be an entire row of houses now left in ruins and thing, ‘Oh well it happens.’ And then move on.

If that ever happens then I know that I have gotten to a dangerous place on complacency that I never want to be in. I know we are bombarded with these sad images all the time, and it can be so easy to just flip the channel or walk away. But if we do that then we are walking away from ourselves. Because every one of those people could be us one day, disaster isn’t prejudiced it could happen to any one of us. So that is why this week Sunday Supper is taking some time out of our day to ask you to stop and look at the images and do something about it. When hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the USA it left a wave of devastation unmatched in that area. Many people have lost so much and sadly too many lost the ones they loved. But it is at times like this that sometimes we can be reminded about what is amazing about the human spirit. When people join together to help out their neighbours or even complete strangers. Sunday Supper decided to share with you two organizations that we would like you to consider sending some support to and I am SO proud to say that the organization my parents work for was one of them.

My parents have worked with Hope Force ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast seven years ago. This organization not only has such an amazing heart for the people they work with they are also very experienced and skilled in this kind of disaster recovery. But unlike some of the big organizations they don’t have the financial backing to do as much as they would like and rely 100% on donations. They need our support in order to touch the lives of those effected by this storm. Both Hope Force and Sandy Relief Fund are actively working in the communities of New Jersey and I would ask you to consider blessing them with much needed funds so that they can continue to work in these communities.

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The Sunday Supper crew are sharing with your their favourite comfort dishes to give to people when in need. Whether it is a simple loaf of bread of a casserole to heat later. Sometimes the gift of food can bless the lives of those who are hurting. This dish is so easy to put together for a family in need of some good comfort food. Just skip the baking stage and wrap up in foil, giving it to the family with baking instructions.

Spaghetti Pizza Bake

340g (12 oz.) dry spaghetti
1 tsp. salt
130g (4.5 oz.) pepperoni*, sliced (about 30 slices)
1 (26 oz.) jar basil & tomato pasta sauce (or your favourite)
56g (1/4 c.) grated Parmesan cheese
226g (8 oz. ) mozzarella
Handful of fresh basil
*chorizo was more readily available to me when I went shopping so I substituted it this time.


Cook spaghetti, according to package directions, in water salted with the teaspoon of salt. Drain well and place in a lightly-greased 9×13″ baking dish.

Mix pasta sauce with the spaghetti making sure to coat the spaghetti well. Arrange the pepperoni slices over the sauce.

Sprinkle evenly with cheeses. And top with chopped fresh basil. *I prefer using the fresh mozzarella but in hindsight I should have made sure to get a lot wetter of a cheese. The mozzarella I bought was quite dry and didn’t melt quite as well as I would like. So if you are going to use fresh make sure it isn’t a dry one.

Bake at 180 C (350 F) for 30 minutes. Cheese should be melted and just beginning to brown. If cheese is browning too much, cover with foil part way through baking.

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Spaghetti Pizza Bake
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 340g (12 oz.) dry spaghetti
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 130g (4.5 oz.) pepperoni*, sliced (about 30 slices)
  • 1 (26 oz.) jar basil & tomato pasta sauce (or your favourite)
  • 56g (1/4 c.) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 226g (8 oz. ) mozzarella
  • Handful of fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti, according to package directions, in water salted with the teaspoon of salt. Drain well and place in a lightly-greased 9x13" baking dish.
  2. Mix pasta sauce with the spaghetti making sure to coat the spaghetti well. Arrange the pepperoni slices over the sauce.
  3. Sprinkle evenly with cheeses. And top with chopped fresh basil.
  4. Bake at 180 C (350 F) for 30 minutes. Cheese should be melted and just beginning to brown. If cheese is browning too much, cover with foil part way through baking.

24 thoughts on “Spaghetti Pizza Bake #SundaySupper #HelpingHands

  • November 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm
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    There was this restaurant near me that had a baked pizza spaghetti and I loved it. Sadly the restaurant closed a few years ago. Thanks for this recipe today so now I can make it at home. I do miss it.

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  • November 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm
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    I love baked spaghetti. This looks great and I know my husband will enjoy the addition of pepperoni.

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  • November 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm
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    My boys will go crazy for this dish! I can’t wait to make it. It will be perfect with a salad!

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  • November 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm
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    It sounds and looks so good. Perfect food to bring!

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  • November 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm
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    It’s definitely important to never lose your sense of empathy. It’s what makes us human. I think comfort food is certainly the best way to get through a hard time, and this easy yet cheesy bake would definitely make me feel better!

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  • November 26, 2012 at 3:02 am
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    Even my picky daughter would eat this! YUM! How cool that your parents have worked for Hope Force..it sounds like a wonderful organization~

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  • November 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm
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    Oh this sounds delicious and my kids would go crazy!I love the idea of transforming spaghetti into a pizza into a casserole!Yumm…

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  • November 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm
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    This sounds like such a wonderful gift to give to someone who is going through hard times. It is a comforting dish, portable and reheat-able. Perfect. This dish is calling my name right now. Oh how I miss my carbs so much.

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  • November 27, 2012 at 5:40 am
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    What a simple yet yummy meal. Love this idea! We will have to give this one a try soon.

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  • November 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm
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    We used to make this growing up, especially after my parents divorced. Definitely comfort food

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    • November 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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      They do amazing work. My dad just went back over to continue working until Christmas. Wish I could cook him up this casserole, we found it so comforting we are having it again this weekend. 🙂

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  • November 28, 2012 at 6:43 am
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    What a beautiful post. You’re so right about how easy it is to distance yourself from horrors and tragedies seen from afar on television. We can’t let ourselves become complacent and nonchalant about these things. What amazing work your parents do – you must be so proud of them. Thank you for the background information on Hope Force – what incredible work they do! And I love this dish – especially with that gorgeous, melty layer of fresh mozzarella on top. Delicious!

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    • November 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm
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      Thank you, I am so proud of them.

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