Chef Dad's Pizza Casserole

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Chef Dad's Pizza Casserole
INGREDIENTS:
1 lb. Box of Macaroni Noodles (or penne or rigatoni)
1 Jar of Marinara (your favorite brand)
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 lb. (16 oz.) Shredded Mozzarella (divided)
1/3 Cup Sliced Pepperoni
1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano Flakes
Salt & Pepper

COOKING:
1)    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2)    Cook and chop your ground beef with ½ tsp. of both salt & pepper over a medium high heat.  When fully cooked, drain excess fat and set aside.
3)    Cook your pasta per box instructions then put in an extra-large bowl.  Add your meat, marinara & ½ of your cheese.  Mix well together.  If you want a little kick, add 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.  
4)    Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 casserole dish then top off with the rest of your cheese.  Sprinkle your oregano flakes over the cheese then finally spread out the pepperoni.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown then serve.

This recipe feeds at least 8 people.

Cook's Notes: This casserole can be made in advance if covered and put in the fridge for up to two days prior.  But when baking a cold casserole, change the cooking temp to 325 and the cooking time to 45 minutes.

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