Friday, November 4, 2011

Pizza Hut's Tuscani Meaty Marinara Pasta Recipe

Tuscani is in France. Tuscany is in Italy.
So it's 10 PM, on a Friday and it's crazy around here. A full day of school, a night of work, two tired kids, and absolutely no time to cook. Normally we'd just order pizza, since there's no dishes, and we don't have to cook. However we had pizza earlier in the week, so I though I'd try Pizza Hut's pasta offerings since I've never had it.

Pizza Hut became so popular at offering pasta a few years back that they actually considered, and followed through on a policy of changing their name to "Pasta Hut". Someone however mid-conversion stopped this re-branding travesty from coming to fruition, and thankfully saved the company from a nightmare. But, the nightmare continues; their Android phone app is absolutely horrible. It doesn't accept coupons, and oddly enough, you can't order pasta with it. I don't know why, or how, and so rather than attempting some ancient method of telephony to procure dinner, I chose to make my own. Considering I've never had Pizza Hut's pasta, I can't be sure, but I'd bet theirs is not nearly as good as mine.

Pizza Hut sells two kinds of pasta, Tuscani Creamy Chicken Alfredo, and this recipe:

Tuscani Meaty Marinara:
Ingredients:
1 16 oz box of rotini
1 16 oz box of mini-rigatoni
1 large can of spaghetti sauce
1 8 oz bag of 5 cheese shredded Italian blend
1 8 oz bag of sharp cheddar shredded
1 bag of mini-pepperonis
1 lb of mild sausage salt and pepper to taste
Method:
1) Brown sausage in frying pan over medium-high heat.
2) Add pepperonis and lightly fry with the sausage.
3) Add sauce, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
4) Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add pastas. Cook for about 10 minutes.
5) Drain the pasta and pour into a large, deep baking pan. Add sauce and cheese and mix.
6) Bake at 350 F for about 10-15 minutes.