Hawaiian Pizza Pasta
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
6 cups (24 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
In a large saucepan, sauté the mushrooms, onion, pepper and garlic in oil for 5 minutes or until tender.
Add the tomato sauce, bay leaves, oregano, basil and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
Discard bay leaves from sauce.
Add pasta, 5 cups mozzarella cheese, pineapple and ham. Transfer to a greased shallow 3-quart baking dish.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.
Makes 12 servings