How to make baked pizza casserole (video)

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How do you add a fresh twist to a classic dish that's been around for centuries? Well, when the dish in question is pizza, that's quite a tall order. You can always try out new toppings or use new ingredients for the crust, but for the most part, pizza is still pizza - no matter the constituents. So, how do you truly add variation to pizza?
Here's what you do: combine the best elements of pizza with pasta and bake it in a large dish. In essence, you'll be creating a pizza casserole. 
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Baked pizza casserole
6
10 minutes
45 minutes
55 minutes
8 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta (you can use other types of pasta if you don't have bow tie)
1 (24 ounces) jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups water
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed chili pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tsp. Italian or pizza seasoning
3 1/2 ounces pepperoni slices
1 (2.25 oz.) can black olives, drained and sliced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
To start, preheat your oven to 350 °F and lightly grease a 9X13 baking pan. Lay out uncooked bow tie pasta in the pan and add tomato sauce.
Add in two cups of water and all the spices, making sure to mix everything well. Layer the top with pepperonis. Then add the chopped onion and green bell pepper and the sliced black olives.
Once you're done with the toppings, sprinkle on a layer of cheese before sticking your pan in the oven. Bake the dish at 350 °F for 45 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden brown. Plate and enjoy!
Pro tip: Remember that the perfect pizza is the one that accommodates to your personal tastes. Don't you like bell peppers or onion? Not a fan of pepperoni? Get creative with the toppings and tailor the baked pizza. Try tomato slices and basil for a classic Margherita. Add blue cheese to the mozzarella and Parmesan to create a 3-cheese baked pizza. 
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