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Pizza Pasta Casserole

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (10 servings each)

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Transfer to 2 greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange pepperoni over the top.
  • 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°.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 301 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 545mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Stacy
    Mar 3, 2020

    Yum! Added minced garlic and Italian seasoning while browning the meat and onion. Used 2 jars of spaghetti sauce (24oz each). Quartered handfuls of pepperoni and added to the noodle, meat, sauce mixture. Also mixed in all the cheese. Sprinkled a little more on top, with a few whole pepperoni slices for nice visual finish. Tasty and easy!

  • daffy587
    Jul 11, 2019

    I made this for church and all loved it however I didn’t really taste ‘pizza.’ It’s good though. I only had one third of the second pan left. I’ll certainly make it again. I’ll just do some research on what I can add to get that taste.

  • chris
    Apr 9, 2018

    easy and delicious.if you love pepperoni this recipe is for you.i also like the idea of making two casseroles at once

  • gastonia
    Apr 8, 2018

    Halved recipe for two meals for two. Really enjoyed and is better for leftovers than a flat pizza. Will definitely make again.

  • angela32
    Feb 21, 2018

    My boys enjoy this recipe. However, I only make one pan, so I halve the hamburger and cheese portions. I also, season the hamburger mixture with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes for spice.I have also made this substituting the pasta for cauliflower. Delicious!

  • petunia408
    Oct 21, 2017

    Super great dish! Pizza lovers everywhere will appreciate this casserole. And very quick and easy to make.

  • cynandtom
    Oct 8, 2017

    If you love pepperoni, this dish is for you. It was a bit dry for our tastes. Would add extra sauce next time.”

  • kellie
    Jul 25, 2017

    made this for a church fellowship. I added Mushrooms, red onion and bell pepper to one of the casseroles for adults that enjoy a combo pizza. Used spice while cooking the meat. Lots of garlic!

  • mandystricklandcarpenter
    Jul 24, 2017

    Not bad at all! I made the two casseroles and served them the night before I went out of town for two days, so that my husband and teenage boys could eat the leftovers while I was gone. My husband and I are NOT pepperoni lovers but my boys are, so I customized them. One casserole was made as written, for the boys. For the other, I used Italian sausage in place of the beef. I also topped it with mushrooms, green bell pepper, and sliced black olives, instead of pepperoni. I probably added more cheese than it called for (seriously, who measures cheese for casseroles???) When I got home, there were two scraped out casserole dishes in the sink!

  • ellimaye1
    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.