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Hearty Pizza Casserole Recipe

Hearty Pizza Casserole Recipe

“This cheesy, meaty meal is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time,” says Barbara Walker of Brookville, Kansas. “Downsizing it allows me to enjoy it more often.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 6 small fresh mushrooms, halved
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, pepperoni, olives, sugar, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  • 2. Drain macaroni; add to meat mixture. Transfer to a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
  • 4. Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake according to directions. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 340 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 871mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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gkhummingbird User ID: 8257863 220483
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"Very easy. Very Tasty. And, quick. It doesn't get much better than that. I followed the recipe but added a little more pepperoni & cheese to suit my taste. Great with specialty bread & small salad. Will definitely make many times."

he-rowe User ID: 3340438 179871
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

"This is FANTASTIC! I've made it several times. This recipe can be used as a base for almost anything you would normally put on your pizza. I added mild peppers last time and I hope to use artichoke hearts next time. Spaghetti sauce & pizza sauce work well in a pinch when plain tomato sauce isn't handy. In fact, it might be better, because you don't need to add the seasoning. The only suggestion I have is to mix some cheese in with the casserole in addition to putting in on top. I made this for a friend's family when she had a baby. She asked me for the recipe and her husband told me twice how much he liked it. I currently have two small casseroles in the freezer :)"

mehalv User ID: 4612167 210170
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"This dish was pretty good, but nothing special. It needed more sauce and seasonings, in my opinion."

Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 102780
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"didn't have Italian seasoning but made my own with basil and oregano. upped it a bit due to reviews stating it was bland. seasoned just perfect with my own mix of seasoning."

Annieloo80 User ID: 7400488 158839
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"A little too bland"

countrysidegirl User ID: 5170925 142187
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"I doubled this for my family of three and had one helping of leftovers for a lunch."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 177294
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"OMGoodness, turns out this casserole is just the right size for us **empty nesters**. Look fwd. to making soon!"

LEH User ID: 157457 102748
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"I tripled this and I'm glad I did. It's a tastey twist on plain old spagetti and everyone really enjoyed it. Next time I'd leave out the pepperoni and maybe use 1/2 gr.beef and 1/2 Italian sausage. I also added a large green pepper to mine."

niagaracat User ID: 3122379 163906
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Fast and easy to make. I left out the olives since husband isn't a fan, added a few extra mushrooms. It does need a bit more seasoning added though. Very kid friendly!"

bergkat User ID: 3683414 210169
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"My kids and husband loved it"

bertajeanc User ID: 3087749 108027
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"Although very quick and easy, this recipe is just like any other beef-a-roni. Will not make again."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 95004
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"Oh so good! Plus, you can adapt to your family's taste. Next time, we're going to skip the cheddar cheese and do all mozzarella. I'm sure ground Italian sausage would work well, too. Regardless, it's great!"

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