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Pizza in a Bowl

On busy days, it's a comfort to know that my family can sit down to dinner minutes after we walk in the door. Double it to wow at a potluck. This recipe works in a slow cooker, too. —Virginia Krites, Cridersville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni (about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 2/3 cup condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • Chopped fresh basil or arugula, optional


  • Cook rigatoni according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Add pizza sauce, soup and cheese; cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted.
  • Add rigatoni and pepperoni to beef mixture. Heat through, stirring to combine. If desired, top with basil before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 495 calories, 25g fat (9g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 1056mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • Allison
    Mar 20, 2019

    This is stick to your ribs comfort food for sure. Me and my husband enjoy this quick-to-fix meal.

  • Cindy
    Feb 19, 2018

    PDRohloff I think Sharon meant that the rigatoni made the meal too heavy as some others commented on this.I do agree if you don’t want to make it because of too many calories or too much sodium fine don’t make it but don’t screw with the reviews.We liked this recipe and sometimes we want a filling comfort food.we don’t like mushroom soup so I substituted cream of celery.

  • MoonStarr1
    Jan 15, 2018

    This was a quick and delicious one pot meal. I even had the kids help with the weighting of ingredients and their dad was the taste tester. Thanks for an A recipe

  • cynrjo
    Jul 31, 2017

    This was a great pasta dish!

  • dmbauer
    Jul 30, 2017

    What are the directions for the slow cooker?

  • PDRohloff
    Jul 30, 2017

    Sharon... The rigatoni was too heavy? Perhaps you chose too large of a box? You probably shouldn't be cooking if picking up a box of pasta is too heavy. How will you drain the water after you boiled the pasta? Oh wait, that's right! You ARE NOT cooking! You are just screwing with reviews by making assumptions and not actually giving the cook who took the time to post a recipe the common decency of trying their recipe. Shame on you. We all see recipes that we won't be trying, no need to be so negative if they don't appeal to you!

  • Sharon
    Jul 29, 2017

    Not even going to bother. The riganoti noodles are way too heavy

  • BeckyJCarver
    Feb 17, 2017

    This is a wonderful pasta dish full of flavor. It tastes even better the next day.

  • bjsilve0
    Sep 11, 2016

    Yuck! and it does not look, smell, or taste like pizza.

  • dschultz01
    Mar 2, 2016

    This was not too bad, though didn't taste enough like pizza to me. Could be because I used Chef Boyardee brand pizza sauce, and it ended up tasting too much like Chef Boyardee pasta from a can. I also had to substitute cream of chicken soup for the cream of mushroom because my family doesn't care for it. Don't know if that affected the taste too much or not. Overall though, it was very quick and easy to make, and I did like it. I just might try a different brand of pizza sauce next time.