Mr. How Sweet is a man’s man.

He is polite and a gentlemen – he still opens the car door for me every time.

He usually shaves, but occasionally has some scruff. And I know he really just wants to wear jeans and flannel. But I’d throw a hissy fit.

He doesn’t mind getting dirty or rolling in the mud. Not literally of course.

And his meal of choice will forever be one of two things: pizza or steak.

He wasn’t always this way. When we first met, his outfit of choice included skinny Dolce and Gabbana jeans, and on one of our first dates we went to get sushi.

I couldn’t pay him to eat sushi now.

At the risk of totally humiliating him, I have to tell you that Mr. How Sweet made me a mixed tape CD every month, for the first year-and-a-half we were together.

They were filled with the newest top 40 hits and occasionally some sappy love songs.

I even remember receiving a text message from him in the early days about how he was exciting to watch Dancing with the Stars with me that night.

And one night, while we were watching it, he mentioned taking dance lessons.

Who is this man, and is he real? Or did he just inhale too many fumes on his commute home from work?

I’d like to tell you now that he tricked me.

Most of it is a blur, but as he grew older and out relationship matured, the real Mr. How Sweet came out.

The Mr. How Sweet who was in posession of 600 dyecast Nascar cars and live for Sundays to watch the race.

The Mr. How Sweet who stopped listening to my fun music and subjected me to some heavy metal, but ever worse, some old school country. As in I-only-want-to-listen-to-Conway-Twitty-and-Waylon-Jennings old school country.

And while we’re at it, can someone tell me who in the world those old fogies are?

Never mind, I’d rather not know.

Mr. How Sweet even used to watch some chick flicks with me, and enjoy trashy reality TV.

These days, I’m more likely to find him handicapping the Kentucky Derby on the computer while I lose brains cells watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

 And as you know, Mr. How Sweet even had the audacity to grow a moustache.

Last night, I attempted to trick Mr. How Sweet with this pizza pasta.

I made some whole wheat pasta and tossed it with tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, fresh mozzarella,  pepperoni, and italian seasoning.

Then, I covered it with provolone and added more pepperoni, and let it get hot and bubbly under the broiler.

It looked and smelled so delicious, and I don’t even enjoy pepperoni.

Mr. How Sweet loved it.

I held my excitement inside, but I was thrilled. Normally, a meal has to be topped off with chicken, steak, ground beef or turkey, or some form of meat. If not, Mr. How Sweet finds a chicken leg in the fridge to gnaw on next to his meal.

I got away with only using pepperoni. He ate the whole thing, and didn’t ask where the protein was.

I don’t blame him. It really looked delicious.


Pizza Pasta

2 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 oz fresh mozzarella, chopped

1/2 tablespoon italian seasoning

15 slices pepperoni, cut in 4’s

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

1/2 cup provolone cheese

Preheat broiler.

Combine pasta and sauce in a bowl. Top with fresh mozzarella, seasoning, parmesan, and half of the pepperoni. Add on provolone cheese and remaining pepperoni.

Set under broiler until cheese is melted, about 30-60 seconds.

About 20 minutes after finishing, Mr. How Sweet piped up,‘You know, that was really good. ButI just don’t think there was enough protein in it for me.’

Stay tuned.

Tonight’s meal will consist of a giant bowl of meat, labeled ‘dinner.’

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93 Responses to “Pizza Pasta.”

  1. #
    Maria — March 25, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    I know my hubs will love this one. He could eat pizza every day if I let him:)


  2. #
    julia — March 25, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    This looks delicious. Simple comfort food, LOVE IT! They always want more protein and we always want more carbs… Well, I always want more carbs.


  3. #
    Erica — March 25, 2010 @ 5:57 am

    hahaha. I made Josh a pasta dish like this with mini meatballs. I think he was in man heaven. I love that he made you mix cds- that is totally adorable


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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 25, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    BAHAHA!!! this made me laugh pretty hard…they always trick us into thinking they’re flawless, right? that pizza looks great!!! also, i made the PB frosting last night…ate about half and then used the other half on some brownies :) yum!


  5. #
    Julie — March 25, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!


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    Jenny — March 25, 2010 @ 6:00 am

    haha oh wow how things have changed. D&G suits to flannel..interesting…

    This pizza pasta sounds delightful. I’m convinced you can’t go wrong with pizza flavored anything.


  7. #
    Meghan — March 25, 2010 @ 6:01 am

    Mmm now I am hungry!


  8. #
    rebecca — March 25, 2010 @ 6:02 am

    my guy is the same way! i’m trying to incorporate 2 vegetarian dinners into our week and wow… seriously, it’s amazing how fast a 35 yr old can turn into a 4 yr old baby!! it’s one meal for crying out loud!

    another delish meal that i cant wait to try out!


  9. #
    Scorpio Woman — March 25, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    It looks very yummy. I can see it with sliced black olives. Thanks for the recipe :)


  10. #
    Meg @ Be Fit Be Full — March 25, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    HA! Love the info on Mr. How Sweet! I think any guy would love your pizza pasta!


  11. #
    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries — March 25, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    Bahaha! Isn’t it so funny how relationships change? It happens to all of us. I was literally just thinking this same thing the other day when, instead of trying to suprise Mr. KD for his upcoming birthday, I simply asked, “What do you want?” and plan to get him his wish. We’ve officially entered THAT stage. Recipe looks ah-mazing, per usual.


  12. #
    Teri [a foodie stays fit] — March 25, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    seriously?? did he really use to wear skinny D&G jeans and eat sushi? That is quite the transformation! haha!


  13. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — March 25, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    YUM! This looks incredible!!

    My husband loves watching trashy reality TV with me! It’s our guilty pleasure ;)


  14. #
    katherine — March 25, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    This was a fabulous post! The Huz used to wear all the fancy labels and drive around in his BMW. Now, he lives for tshirts from Costco, Sundays full of football, and meat, meat, meat!


  15. #
    Tracy — March 25, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    Yum! Looks similar to my slow-cooker pizza. It’s one my hubby’s favorites!


  16. #
    JenniferA — March 25, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    OMG, I think we are married to the same guy! Okay, minus the NASCAR stuff, although lately he seems to be showing some interest in that because, well, I guess football, baseball, hockey and basketball just isn’t quite enough televised sports for him.

    I definitely have to try this recipe on him. His favorites are pizza and steak also. Sometimes he asks me what is for dinner and if I say chicken or fish he will say chicken pizza? Fish pizza? Yay, pizza!!! This time I can say pasta and he will say pasta pizza and I can say yes!


  17. #
    Katy — March 25, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    Ha! I’m trying to push for full-blown vegetarian instead of a few nights a week. I’d be shot! Looks delicious!


  18. #
    Sophie @ yumventures — March 25, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    I loved this post! You guys are incredibly sweet (no pun intended). I love looking back on relationships and see how they changed and the “real person” started to come out. My boyfriend is also pretty against meals without large amounts of meat. Though I think this dish would win him over. It looks amazing!


  19. #
    Kendra — March 25, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    This looks delicious! I will have to try it!


  20. #
    That Kind Of Girl — March 25, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    You know what’s sweetest about this story? Sure, Mr. Sweet tricked you, and sure you tricked him, but you both ended up with something pretty great anyway. I sure wish someone would trick me into eating some of that yummy-looking pasta!


  21. #
    Julie @SavvyEats — March 25, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    This looks divine!


  22. #
    Eunice — March 25, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    Haha! This post made me remember my bf back in the day when he was trying to woo me. He was all about the chick flicks and thought it was cute when I used to burn his food (he called my burnt chicken “chicken jerky”). I could never get him to eat this pasta without a slab of meat, but that means more for me!


  23. #
    Midgetkeeper — March 25, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    I have to trick my Husband into eating meatless meals as well and once I do he goes and makes himself a sandwich (the only thing he knows how to make) because it doesn’t fill him up. He hinders my weight loss, but I secretly enjoy it :)


  24. #
    Paige (running around normal) — March 25, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    LOL did he really say that?! Hilarious.
    And so cute that he made you mix CD’s :)


  25. #
    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — March 25, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    My husband would eat pizza everyday if he could as well! Probably pizza with lots of steak on top…..


  26. #
    Stephanie — March 25, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Haha you crack me up seriously like every day, I love it! Don’t you love thinking back at how your man seemed to be when you met and how things “evolve” (what a nice way to put it, right?) over time… ah well, I guess that’s just the way the story goes! Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em ;) Have a great day girl!


  27. #
    Will — March 25, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    Mix CD’s are one thing but skinny jeans, sushi, and dancing with the stars? I’m embarrassed


  28. #
    Cindy Coniglio — March 25, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Jess.. It kills me that you and I are so much alike but to realize Nick & Mr. How Sweet are too?? CRAZY!! Dinner & drinks are a must soooooooonnnnnn.


  29. #
    MelissaNibbles — March 25, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    I want to meet a sweet man who will make me mix cds!!

    That pasta sounds delicious! I bet you could make green pepper and onion pizza pasta too…yum!


  30. #
    Melissa — March 25, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    Hahaha! So sorry that Mr. How Sweet had you fooled! I’m not even engaged yet and I feel the same way. Why are guys such good actors at the beginning of relationships?!?!

    I swear when we first started going out I didn’t hide my PMSing, whining, and need to shop all day, every day. ;)


  31. #
    Julie — March 25, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    Men are so sneaky!!

    It’s so sweet that he still opens the door for you :) I want a gentleman man’s man too!


  32. #
    megan — March 25, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    love this idea! I have some leftover pizza sauce from last night’s dinner in the fridge that I wasn’t sure what to do with. this will be making an appearance on our dinner table shortly!


  33. #
    Nicole @ making good choices — March 25, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    Haha well at least he was a gentleman to even think to trick you! My husband did the same with tv, now all he watches is sports…the nerve! I can’t wait to see what you big meat dinner is!


  34. #
    Bibi — March 25, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    My hubs is pasta, pizza and meat kind of guy as well….must be the Italian in him,lol.

    This recipe sounds delicious and something my crowd would approve of.


  35. #
    Jil — March 25, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    haha aw, too funny. but that dish looks delicious!!


  36. #
    Cheryl — March 25, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    I could get the husband to love this! I love the fresh mozz!


  37. #
    Anne — March 25, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    A perfect food for your family :D I must try it because we both love pizza, pasta and pepperoni!


  38. #
    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — March 25, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Okay, that is too sweet about the mixed tape thing. What a sweetie :-)


  39. #
    liane — March 25, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    This pasta dish looks incredible, can’t wait to make it :)
    Also, the story of how you were tricked was hilarious. DWTS—> NASCAR quite the trickery going on there :)


  40. #
    april — March 25, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    Yum!! Too bad I’m not a big cheese person.. although you do make cheese look pretty attractive!


  41. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — March 25, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    You guys are way too cute! Of course, I’m pretty sure I tricked John when we first started dating by always wearing dresses and makeup whenever I saw him. I still wear dresses, but he has gotten VERY used to seeing me in running shorts, sweats, and ratty sweaters…


  42. #
    Sara — March 25, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    I think all men trick us during the dating stage. :) This looks so great. I love, love, love pizza.


  43. #
    Blond Duck — March 25, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    I’m a protien fanatic too, and I would inhale that pasta.

    Does he get the meat lovers pizza? I’ve been craving a meat lover’s pizza all week.


  44. #
    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete — March 25, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    Haha. I’m going to be trying to trick my hubby when he gets back from deployment with more vegetarian meals. We shall see how that goes. It seems like your hubs and mine were separated at birth!


  45. #
    Katie — March 25, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    Ahahaha…Mr. YesIwantcake always asks “Where’s the protein?” – I try to trick him, but it rarely works. I’m leaving town tomorrow, and in the fridge, I am leaving him a giant roasted chicken…the whole thing. Hopefully that holds him for the weekend :-)


  46. #
    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — March 25, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    That looks so good!! And I swear if I had a dollar for everytime my husband complained about a meal not having enough protein for him I would be a fabulously weathly woman! :) Must be a man thing!!


  47. #
    Therese — March 25, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    OMG you seriously crack me up! I too have been subjected to plenty of heavy metal but I must say it makes for good running music. Intense!

    My hubbie would love this! I must try it out.


  48. #
    Kacy — March 25, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    Sadly, it seems that there is always some degree of trickery in a courtship. Usually I’m the trickster. Perhaps this is why I’m still single?


  49. #
    Mr. How Sweet It Is — March 25, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    Mr. How Sweet would like to point out that the jeans were not skinny….I was. I have never and will never wear skinny jeans. When you grow up skinny, you have no desire to go back there once you’ve filled out.


  50. #
    Joy R3FitShow — March 25, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    It looks yummy, but I would add some spinach,broccoli,peppers and onions.



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