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Old 02-17-2010, 09:08 PM   #1
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Spaghetti & Meatballs Pizza

This is one of those off-the-wall recipes that just leaves you scratching your
head and asking yourself, "But... why?" I don't know how original it is, but I
had a brainstorm the other day and just went with it. When it was all said
and done, I found myself thinking that this would be a great dinner dish for
a kid's party or sleepover (if you're a dad who has girls, make a motel
reservation first). It's basically just a funky version of spaghetti and
meatballs, and kids generally dig funky.



The meatballs in this recipe aren't really "meatballs" in the traditional sense.
I was shooting for quick and relatively easy, so I just went with straight
Italian sausage. Hey, that's all they put on pizza anyhow.

Ingredients
3/4 lb Dry spaghetti
1 lb Sweet Italian sausage links (I used Johnsonville® - 19.76 oz)
2 cups Spaghetti sauce (I used Prego® Traditional)
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 Green bell pepper, diced
1/2 Red bell pepper, diced
1/2 med Yellow onion, diced
5 leaves Fresh basil, cut into a chiffonade
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Note: You will also need a large metal pizza pan and some parchment paper.

Method
Cook the spaghetti per the package directions until it is just overdone (not
al dente), drain in a colander and let cool 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Important: Do not rinse or add oil to the pasta. You need the starch to help
it set.

Cut a piece of parchment paper to cover the pizza pan completely.



Place the spaghetti on the parchment-covered pizza pan and arrange it in an
even layer as shown.

Refrigerate the pan for an hour or two to let the pasta set.

To make the "meatballs", squeeze the sausage out of each link from each end,
1/4 at a time and roll gently in your hands to form small balls (the casing does
most of the work). Each link should make four balls. Set the balls aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat then add a little oil.

Saute the meatballs until they are just browned on all sides, remove to a plate
and set aside.

Return the pan to the heat and add a little more oil.

Season the peppers and onions with a little salt and pepper then saute them
until they are just tender. Set the pan aside.

Preheat your oven to 350º.

Slide the parchment off of the pizza pan and oil the pan lightly.

Flip the spaghetti over onto the pizza pan and discard the parchment paper.



Spread the spaghetti sauce evenly over the top of the spaghetti as shown.



Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the sauce.



Slice about 10 of the meatballs in half and distribute the halves evenly over
the cheese as shown. You will have some meatballs leftover.



Distribute the sauteed vegetables evenly over the cheese as shown.

Sprinkle the basil over the top.



Bake the pizza for 30 minutes.



Let the pizza cool for about 10 minutes.

Slice into wedges, serve and enjoy!

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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Hell, forget about the kids. I'll eat that in a heartbeat with a nice glass of red wine and a cannoli for dessert.
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Maybe some fava beans and a nice Chianti?

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Old 02-17-2010, 11:41 PM   #4
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Looks good to me!!
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Cool!! Something new to try for the kids!! Thanks JD!!
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Re: Spaghetti & Meatballs Pizza

I have not missed yet with a John Dawson recipe .. This one is on the list, thanks John, it looks and sounds great.

Addendum ... been to the store this is dinner tonight.

Greg, kids hell, great for all
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:40 AM   #7
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Thank god I'm still a kid!
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Glad you enjoyed it, Buzz! Thanks for the feedback.

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Question Why did you need parchment paper? Would it work withjust putting the spahgetti right on a oiled pizza pan?
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Nick you are "Mr. Easy" Having just made this you may have a point, but I think the reason is to get the noodles to cool down, firm up and air dry, the oil my counter act that process?? I'm not sure that you would notice a big difference if you skipped the step. See if John weighs in on this, he is the expert.
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