Baked Eyeballs Casserole

The "eyeballs" that top our spooky casserole are made from mozzarella cheese and sliced olives. But the cheesy, baked pasta that lies below is a real treat that everyone will enjoy.


Baked Eyeballs Casserole

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
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Ingredients
  •  
    vegetable cooking spray
  • 1  24  ounce jar 
    Prego® Italian Sausage and Garlic Italian Sauce
  • 1  15  ounce container 
    part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3/4  cup 
    grated Parmesan cheese
  • 7   cups 
    bow tie-shaped pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1  8  ounce container 
    small fresh mozzarella cheese balls (about 1-inch)
  • 2   tablespoons 
    sliced pitted ripe olives
Directions
1.
Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch shallow baking dish with the cooking spray.
2.
Mix 1/2 cups of the sauce, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and pasta in the prepared dish. Spread the remaining sauce over the pasta mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and cover the dish with foil.
3.
Bake at 400 degrees F. for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Arrange the cheese balls randomly over the pasta mixture. Place a sliced olive on each cheese ball. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Tip:

1.
Easy Substitution Tip: If fresh mozzarella cheese balls are not available, substitute 1 package (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese. Cut crosswise into thirds. Cut each third in 6 wedges, for triangle-shaped eyes.
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