Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pasta Pizza With Minced Meat, Mushrooms, Spinach and Tomatoes

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If you guessed that I am an avid fan of Italian food,you guessed right! Yes, I have a weakness for pasta and pizza.A girl can't live on pudding and desserts alone just because she love them, you know. For today's lunch,I decided to combine both  Pasta and Pizza and make a "Pasta Pizza".Do you remember how I made my version of Tuscan Pot Pie with Macaroni and Cheese?Did you not love the Pasta and Milk Pudding dessert recipe I posted a while ago? Pasta, this way is more fun. Well, the concept of "Pasta Pizza" is not new and certainly not mine but this is how I do it and have been for quite sometime.Go ahead and try my version of this winning dish and you are bound to fall in love with it.
This along with "Baked Turkey N Broccoli-Rabe Meatballs With Linguine", "Sauteed Seasoned Asparagus With Chopped Rigatoni" and "Cocoa N Saffron Vermicelli Pudding" goes as entries to Five Star Foodie's Pasta Themed Event.

Also this goes to this week's Presto Pasta Nights hosted at Once Upon a Feast.

For the Crust:
  • Rotini or Raddiatore (Corkscrew) Pasta - 1 cup
  • Milk - 2 tbsp
  • Parmesan cheese -2 tbsp
  • Egg - 1, whisked
For the Topping:
  • Ground Meat(Pork/Turkey) - 3/4 cup
  • Spinach - 1 cup, packed
  • Mushrooms - 3 #s, small, sliced
  • Campari Tomato - 1, halved and quartered
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Onion - 1, small, chopped
  • Cracked Pepper - a few grinds
  • Salt for taste
  • Tabasco Sauce -  a dash
  • Bertolli's Tomato, Garlic and Basil Sauce - 1/2 cup
  • Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese - 1/2 cup or more
  • 8 or 9 inch All-clad skillet pan
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.Drain it completely of water.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, mix the cooked pasta, egg and parmesan cheese.
  • Add it to the pan and bake for 10 minutes.Remove from the oven.
    • In another deep skillet, heat olive oil, add garlic, onions, minced meat and saute till the meat is browned for about 5-7 minutes.
    • Add salt, pepper, tabasco Sauce, Bertolli Sauce and mix to incorporate.Cook for 5 more minutes.
    • Stir in the spinach and switch off stove.
    • Top the Pasta-crust with the meat and tightly pack it.
    • Layer the top with Mushrooms and Tomato and sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese.
    • Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts. Cool for 5 minutes and cut them into 6 wedges. 
    • Serve the wedge with some salad on the side.
    Makes 3 Servings

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    1. Thanxx Cool Lassie, for all the help and do add all ur entries when u can!

      These pics are absolutely brilliant and stunning ,love the one with the mUshrooms and fresh tomato, so beautiful and this is one fantastic pasta!!!

      Cheers and everybody please do hop by to my GIVEAWAY- u can pick some LE CRUESET TOO:-)))

    2. Hi dear, wonderful look and delicious recipe! Is really excellent! Kisses

    3. wow..this one is soo brilliant..wonderfully presented lassie..innovative...

      Kairali sisters

    4. Superb dear...looks so delicious...these days I too make one pot pasta meals for dinner...I have bookmarked this recipe, thanks for sharing this awesome recipe :)

    5. This is such a luscious pasta pizza dish! You truly put the best love into it!

    6. This looks amazing, talk about comfort food! I love the photos too! It look very simple and decicious!

    7. What a great ans delicious idea.
      Excellent photo x

    8. A unique and an interesting recipe! Lovely and colorful pictures Lassie! Loved the look of the pasta pizza!

    9. This looks incredibly delicious. You are so creative. I have to try this!

    10. Sounds amazing! I love the idea of "pasta pizza"!

    11. Hi CL! Ur version of Pasta Pizza looks really amazing ya! Loved the recipe...;)

    12. wonderful photos and delicious recipes!!!its soooooooooooo tempting.

    13. I am very very impressed and amazed with this pasta. Well done dear...

    14. Hmmm.... pasta and pizza in one dish!! You are a genius!

    15. wow ... what a combo... pasta 'n pizza... nice clicks too...

    16. Hello, wonderful recipe, looks very delicious...

    17. How delicious! Almost like a pizza/pasta frittata...with fabulous toppings of course.

    18. Hai Lassie the dish is very tempting.I think u might enjoy it.U asked about the pan.This i bought in macy's.I dont remember which company it is.Sorry yaar.

    19. Fantastic recipe with beautiful clicks. I love the topping :-)

      Hamaree Rasoi

    20. pasta'n pizza awesome.superb presentation .

    21. Wow, this dish has all my fav ingredients in it! So cool!

    22. pasta pizza looks really yummy.Like the topping.

    23. Perfect for our cold nights! So much flavours going into that dish dear!

    24. I love Italian food too; this dish looks fantastic, rich, colourful and filling!!! makes me hungry early in the morning :-) !!!

    25. Omg, wat a fabulous and unique pizza, my teddies will definitely love this pizza, looks super delicious CL..

    26. first time here..just started blogging.the pizza looks delicious...yum yum..great visit my blog

    27. Beautiful click and a very innovative dish...

    28. very very innovative cool Lassie. looks so tempting with all those mushrooms and cheese. lovely.

    29. Pasta pizza looks great. Would love to make it minus the meat. Would be great!

    30. Looks soo delicious dear well presented its like pizza..

    31. I like your take on pasta as the pizza base :)

    32. The first photo is so tempting and looks delicious.

    33. Wow it looks so delicious. I am drooling over here. It's just a finger-licking recipe and pics. Kudos to you. Thanks for sharing.

    34. This looks incredible scrumptious Lassi! I love the pictures too!
      Happy Monday!

    35. What a great "eventually" one dish meal. It looks and sounds delicious.
      I know two little boys who will love this. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

    36. Yummy dish and loved this idea .. never thought of making this way.. wonderful and hats off to ur creativity..

    37. very creative! imagine if you love pizza and pasta :)

    38. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. It's always delightful when you do.

      This is one dish that will definitely be a hit at our house.


    Thanks a bunch for your valuable comments and continued support.They are very much appreciated. Yes,like "Rain on Dry Land" and like "Oasis in Desert Sand".
    XoXo, Cool Lassi(e)