This one is fun. I absolutely love dips and appetizers. LOVE them. What’s that I call myself? Appetizer whore? Right.
So, here’s the story. I make spaghetti all the time. When I say “spaghetti” I mean real spaghetti – like with tomato meat sauce. I can’t stand pasta with plain tomato sauce. It’s just too naked for me. I guess I need more substance; more depth.
I’m high maintenance. Well, only occasionally.
So many times after making my spaghetti, we have tons of sauce leftover, and I put it in a covered Pyrex dish and it disappears into the fridge-of-neverending-leftovers-that-nobody-wants-to-touch-because-leftovers-aren’t-fun. You know what’ I’m talking about, right??
All of a sudden we have “nothing to eat”. Why the hell did I invest in all that Pyrex??
God forbid somebody eat something they had the day before. I personally love leftovers.
So, this concoction came from a Pyrex dish full of spaghetti sauce, pepperoni I had from making pizza last week and a hankering to make something new. For all of you, of course.
- 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning (plus more to sprinkle on top)
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided in half
- 3 cups spaghetti sauce with meat (you could always use jarred sauce and add browned ground beef)
- 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Muenster cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded (or sliced, doesn’t matter)
- Pepperoni slices (as much as you like)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix the cream cheese, tsp of Italian seasoning and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese in a bowl; spread in a 9×11 glass baking dish.
- Pour the spaghetti sauce over the cream cheese mixture.
- Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese, Monterey Jack and Muenster over the sauce.
- Layer the pepperoni slices and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly and the pepperoni is starting to get a little browned around the edges.
- Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, or whatever you want to dip it with!
If you’re on Atkins, you’re good to go here. Just eat it with a spoon. Yep. A spoon is good enough.