Usually I start these posts off with a little banter. Not today, Lovelies. You’ll want to drool over the photo for a moment and then dive into the kitchen to bake some of this meatball pepperoni pizza pasta. Just LOOK at the what’s loaded into this easy dinner!
I could’ve gone full out overboard on the fat and calories in this recipe, but Trainer Joe would give me 200 extra squats to do if I tried to pull that trick. SO, I subbed turkey for ground beef when I made up the meatballs, I used low fat cheeses, and I used Dreamfield’s low carb penne pasta instead of the traditional carb-loaded variety.
The inspiration for this recipe came from my dear friend, Nettie. Just yesterday morning, she posted her recipe for Pizza Pasta Bake. I’ve had recipes come to my email inbox that gripped my attention enough that I made them up within a week or two, but this was the very first time that I laid my eyes on a dish and knew that I needed it in my belly as soon as possible… like IMMEDIATELY. I was SO happy when I realized that I had all of the ingredients I needed on hand!
I had plans to make some turkey burgers for dinner, so I decided to use the ground turkey for the meatballs in the casserole instead. AWESOME decision on my part. YAY ME!
I think my very favorite part of this dish was Nettie’s vegetable tomato sauce. It’s not a traditional pasta sauce at all. It’s full of freshly chopped veggies like carrots, celery, and onion, blended with some stewed tomatoes… Just all around goodness.
I’m hopeful that you’ll give this meatball pepperoni pizza pasta recipe a try. If you do, I’d love to hear about it! Snap a couple of photos and share them with me on my Facebook page, okay?