Meat Lover's Pizza Casserole Recipe
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Meat Lover's Pizza Casserole Recipe

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With three children, I need dishes that are sure to satisfy. This has been a family favorite ever since a co-worker shared the recipe.— Karin Ptak, Elburn, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 379 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 926mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  2. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Meat Lover's Pizza Casserole in Casserole Cookbook 2001, p69

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Jenifh74 User ID: 7556827 221112
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"I double the recipe I added Italian sausage and ground beef. I also added more cheese then the recipe called for. It was delicious. I will make again."

BusySDMom User ID: 3242608 216107
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"My family really enjoys this dish. I found that subbing half the ground beef with Italian Sausage provides a nice flavor."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 41747
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Yummy and easy recipe. I just added basil and oregano and it really made it taste more like pizza."

Crysjustice1234 User ID: 2563974 49395
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"Ive made this recipe many times over the years and it stays on the family "FAVs" list. Easy, delish, and kids love it!!"

Nana1969 User ID: 5592578 133360
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"Love the basic idea of this recipe. Would change the meat to a seasoned sausage and the cheese to shredded pizza cheese blend to make it more like pizza. Otherwise, it was a good and easy meal for the family. They said they wanted me to make it again."

the_housegirlfriend User ID: 5962360 49390
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I reduced the size of this recipe to make it for two--my boyfriend and I. I sauteed the beef and onion with green pepper and fresh garlic before tossing it into the casserole, and then added chopped fresh tomato as well. I topped the casserole with a blend of bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, and Italian herbs, and then laid whole pepperonis on top as allaboutcookies86 suggested to mimic the look of a pizza. I used about a quarter of the cheese the recipe called for. We will definitely be making this one again."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 106115
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"I made this casserole for my husband who LOVES pizza and it is very good. It does taste like a pizza. The one thing I changed because we really like cheese is to make it more like pizza I put the cheese it called for in it, but I also put another bag of cheese on top of it after I transfered the ingredients into the dish. It came out very good and VERY cheesy. The more cheese the better! Also next time I may take some of the pepperoni's and put them on top of the cheese I added to the top (just for the looks of a pizza). I can't wait to make it again!"

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