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All-Pro Pasta Pizza


Ingredients
Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Pasta Crust & Toppings:
15 lasagna noodles
Vegetable cooking spray
3 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
3 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni
1 can (8 ounce) mushrooms, stems and pieces, drained
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, sliced


Instructions
In a medium saucepan, heat oil. Saute onion, celery and garlic until onion is golden. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.

Cook noodles according to package directions until tender but firm. (Adding 1 tablespoon oil will help prevent sticking.) Drain. Rinse in cold water; drain again.

Lightly coat a 15x10 inch pan with cooking spray. Arrange 5 of the noodles in pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup Mozzarella cheese. Continue to layer with 5 noodles, 1 cup cheese and 5 noodles. Spread pizza sauce evenly over noodles. Bake at 350oF. for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

Arrange pepperoni, mushrooms, green pepper and olives over pizza. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Return to oven. Bake until cheese melts, about 15 minutes.

Makes 1 large pizza, about ten 3x5-inch pieces.