This recipe is easy, full of flavor, and with ingredients that we always have on hand. Add browned ground beef for a meaty version.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Saute garlic and onions in oil until tender. Stir in tomato paste, black pepper, cumin, thyme, tomato juice, water, ketchup and salt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes.

  • While sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • Stir the cooked pasta into the sauce. Stir in 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella. Pour all into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with the remaining mozzarella, sliced olives and bell pepper.

  • Bake in preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

396 calories; protein 15.9g 32% DV; carbohydrates 54.1g 17% DV; fat 13.2g 20% DV; cholesterol 18.1mg 6% DV; sodium 344.4mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2003
This recipe was good but it was a little dry. I think it needed a little bit more sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/24/2006
pretty good...there's potential. I used a can of diced tomatoes (minus some of the juice)instead of just tomato juice and put the green pepper into the pasta instead of just on top and used a 4 cheese mix I had on hand instead of the mozzarella. Overall it was good but i think next time I'll used a little less pasta try it with mozzarella use less onion (and i love onion) and add mushrooms into the mix as well. Read More
(19)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2003
This recipe was good but it was a little dry. I think it needed a little bit more sauce. Read More
(29)
Rating: 3 stars
08/24/2006
pretty good...there's potential. I used a can of diced tomatoes (minus some of the juice)instead of just tomato juice and put the green pepper into the pasta instead of just on top and used a 4 cheese mix I had on hand instead of the mozzarella. Overall it was good but i think next time I'll used a little less pasta try it with mozzarella use less onion (and i love onion) and add mushrooms into the mix as well. Read More
(19)
Rating: 2 stars
09/22/2008
There wasn't enough sauce- I'd have to double or even triple the recipe amounts. We've been eating leftovers with canned sauce heaped on it. Also the thyme in the recipe gave it a strange taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2009
Personally I love this recipe. Occasionally I will put some spicy italian sausage in there just to change it up but its great even without it. Only thing I changed was adding oregano and basil. Its great otherwise! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2010
i am a vegetarian. this dish is a winner with my entire fmily Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
04/07/2009
This was OK but nothing particularly exciting about it. I only used 2/3 the pasta and thought it was still too much so I certainly wouldn't want to use all of it. I may try this again with less pasta and see how that comes out. Read More
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