Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe
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Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe

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Kids will line up for this zippy pizza-flavored dish. The recipe makes two casseroles, so you can serve one to your family right away and keep the other in the freezer for another night. —Nancy Scarlett, Graham, North Carolina
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta, cooked and drained
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces sliced pepperoni

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 301 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 545mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and pasta.
  2. Transfer to two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange pepperoni over the top.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
    Freeze option: Cool unbaked casseroles; cover and freeze up to 3 months. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake as directed, increasing time to 35-40 minutes or until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
    Yield: 2 casseroles (10 servings each).
Originally published as Pizza Pasta Casserole in Quick Cooking May/June 1999, p34

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 261813
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2017

"I added green peppers, olives, and more spaghetti sauce (total of 48 oz). It didn't really taste like pizza but was an easy, hearty meal."

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 261745
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2017

"I really liked this.I only made one and froze half for another time.I added peppers with the onion and a few olives.I will definitely make again"

Laurie73 User ID: 7632634 259715
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"It was ok. I did season the meat while cooking with season all, onions and Italian spices. I think it would've been better if green peppers and mushrooms were added and perhaps pizza sauce instead of spaghetti. Overall, my family said it was good."

Denise User ID: 8992192 258392
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

"Very Bland. Please precook the pepperoni or your dish will ooze with grease. Won't be making this one again."

Cherylheath User ID: 8443301 250134
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

"My adult children and grandson loved it!

My son thought it needed more cheese but I think that's personal preference . Super easy and making 2 casseroles at once is a great time saver !!"

julie rea User ID: 1361199 248376
Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"Made as recipe is and had no flavor. Needs lots of spices"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 245235
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"I scaled back on the ingredients for this recipe by halving the meat, sauce, spiral pasta (rotini), used 2 cups Italian 5-cheese blend and 4-oz. package of turkey pepperoni. I'd added: 1 large clove of garlic, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and I'd used 15-oz. pizza sauce, adding 1 tsp. crushed Italian seasoning. I used 1 lb. ground turkey in place of the beef.

I'd kept the onion as is and cooked/drained 2 cups spiral pasta. I baked 30 minutes in a greased 13x9x2" baking pan and when sampling this dish, I did find it tasty. The suggestions for mushrooms and green peppers by yorkie16 are great! delowenstein"

debs_place User ID: 1085803 243422
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"It wasn't awful, but it needed something. We added extra sauce, as someone said needs more spices, mushrooms would help. It is more a pasta with pizza toppings, not even close to pizza"

yorkie16 User ID: 8692725 241523
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"Don't know why anyone who likes pasta or lasagna would not like this recipe. I added green peppers, mushrooms & a bit of cheddar to accent the mozzarella gave it another level of zest n tang."

mamamanley3 User ID: 6538276 232719
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"Kids didn't care for it and if they don't like it, I won't make it again."

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