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Fantastic recipe! I added some canned mushrooms I had to the sauce and used more cheese than the recipe called for...maybe 3/4 of a cup more. And I took the first reviewers advice and covered the dish for a bout 25 minutes then uncovered and sprinkled the rest of the cheese on top and put it bake in the oven for 5 more minutes. Wonderful! Made for Pammyowl's Cookathon.
I usually make recipes twice before I rate them as I seriously dislike reviewers who change, then rate the recipe vs making it as written first. Good as written so I am rating this 4 stars for ease, time and ingredients usually on hand. But for my family's preference I made the following modifications. Used spiral noodles in place of egg noodles as they capture more sauce. 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 hot italian sausage which gave the casserole more complexity. Used small pre-sliced pepperoni to save time. Most importantly, this is a great casserole for making ahead, as with many pasta dishes, the flavor gets better the longer it sits. Overall this is a great base recipe to build on. Oh, and be sure to cover the top with foil or it will burn! Thanks for sharing this fun recipe! Thanks so much for a GREAT new recipe! BUT over all This is a 6 Stars! P.S. If someone is making this for the first time know that you should be feeding a crowd! or at least make it in two dishes so you can freeze one for a later date. I ended up freezing half the dish after 4 of us ate us at until we were stuffed. Cant wait to make this for a Pot luck! I will definitely make this again. PRMR 2013....Grpa Thank you, again.Have a great week and I'll see you in the threads!