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Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe

Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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kellie User ID: 9227741 269956
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8775510 269882
Reviewed 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 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."

tracie.c User ID: 7796386 232692
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"big hit in our house.

i use homemade sauce. after the first time i made the adjustments...
more sauce. 1/4 cut the pepperoni, diced ham, diced red bell pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper flake.
freezes well."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 232659
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"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."

8t3fu74w User ID: 8388563 232273
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"Very good. My family loved it."

jhackney User ID: 4302367 231824
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"This was absolutely awful. I'm glad I only made 1/2 the recipe, because the rest went in the trash."

ferryal User ID: 3337544 231575
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"This is a fantastic casserole & I wished I could give it more than 5 stars! For those reviewers that gave it less than 5 & think that is not tasty enough for them, why don't they submit their own recipes instead of giving a yummy recipe like this less stars!

Nancy, thank you so much for sharing your love of cooking with us all!"

SouthernMaster User ID: 7668346 231437
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015 Edited Jun. 7, 2016

"To justify putting "Pizza" in the recipe title, there needs to more than just pepperoni in a dish; otherwise, it's a regular baked pasta dish. My changes: pizza sauce instead of spaghetti sauce, & Italian or regular sausage for some or all of the ground beef. Italian seasoning would help too."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 227904
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"Loved this! I halved it since it's just me, shared it with a friend, and we both devoured it. I will make this again, it's so easy!!"

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 227418
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"Our 4-H club used this recipe for a Senior Luncheon for 70 senior citizens. It's easy to make,tasty, and feeds a crowd well. It was a hit! Don't be afraid to add more sauce as it is cooking."

jj357681 User ID: 6632190 220432
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

"Great casserole! easy to make and taste great!"

Keb0054 User ID: 4620585 203118
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"I initially thought it wouldn't have enough flavor but it was really good. I just made half the recipe but next time will make double and freeze half."

superior68 User ID: 5899074 70590
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"I have made this using macaroni, I brown the meat and onions like mentioned in recipe mix with spaghetti sauce, cook the macaroni and drain, then layer the meat sauce first, macaroni, pepperoni, sprinkle with cheese and keep on layering until ingredients are gone. top layer should be the pepperoni and cheese, then bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes"

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 203117
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"I've made this numerous times and it is always a hit. easy to prepare, tasty, ingredients that I usually have on hand = a favorite recipe. I usually freeze one casserole and bake the other. I also usually just blend the pepperoni (love turkey pepperoni) into the rest of the mixture and the pepperoni doesn't dry out that way. For a nice little touch, I sprinkle a thin layer of shredded cheddar on top before it goes into the oven. I'll bet chopped black or green olives would be good, too. French bread and a green salad and you've got a wonderful, easy meal! The only thing I wish this recipe listed was the nutritional info if you're cutting 16 servings and the nutritional info if you're serving 20. That would be very helpful for those of us who are working to eat as healthy as possible."

nana12782 User ID: 7949775 20367
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"I cooked this I used sausage not ground meat and it was good"

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 72096
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"I halved this recipe the first time I made it because if I didn't like it, I didn't want to be stuck with another whole casserole. There was no need to do that though because this was great! I did half beef and half sausage just for personal preference. I will be making this again and again!"

AidansMama723 User ID: 3411555 33318
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"The kids love it as well as the adults. I love that it makes two casseroles so you can freeze one for a later date!"

Nan Mock User ID: 611392 72105
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"My family liked this casserole, and it reheated from frozen very well also. In future batches I may add more veggies, more pepperoni or some sausage... it seemed it could do with just a little something more. It's one that I'll make again, though. Also, I agree with previous reviews that it doesn't need quite so long in the oven, 20-25 min. would be sufficient."

AENesko User ID: 5375438 72102
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"This was very good! The only thing I would change is to put the pepperoni in the casserole instead of on top. Think it would give it more of a pepperoni taste. Overall - great dish!"

grandmagogof8 User ID: 5358827 49818
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"I made this tonight to take to some new neighbors that just moved into the neighborhood and a friend that was just home after surgery. I did end up adding some green peppers and some fresh garlic. It smelled and looked wonderful and can't wait to try it myself. Thanks for posting the recipe!"

[email protected] User ID: 7188738 72101
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"I used Italian sausage, added mushrooms, olives and red bell peppers - whatever you like as pizza toppings will work. Good starter recipe."

boomerpink User ID: 6379311 24347
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"doesn't need to be in the oven longer than about 10 min.everything is already cooked. all you need to do is melt the cheese. first time I made it, the cheese just kind of disintegrated, second time w/ 10 min oven time was delish."

chris.t User ID: 7342721 20365
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"Yum yum:)"

dragonflysaver User ID: 7218190 20363
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"This is one of the best casseroles I have ever eaten,m my family loves it"

MS LISA User ID: 5279129 72095
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"Excellent and easy recipe. Used pizza sauce instead of spaghetti sauce the second time I made it. Also used Hormel mini pepperoni bites, they seemed a little less greasy than the regular pepperoni. Thanks so much for a great recipe."

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 49817
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"Awesome! I had my kids down here so They could try it and we all loved it! Thank you another good recipe!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 24342
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"Family loved it. Super easy to assemble. Text time I going to try what the other poster suggested: layering."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 72099
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"This was great big hit with my family even picky 6 year old. I did leave the onion out and added extra sauce and cheese. I also cut it in half because I don't have a larger freezer. Would be good with mushrooms also but my 6 year old would not eat them. Every one loved this it's a keeper."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 203116
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"This was great big hit with my family even picky 6 year old. I did leave the onion out and added extra sauce and cheese. I also cut it in half because I don't have a larger freezer. Would be good with mushrooms also but my 6 year old would not eat them. Every one loved this it's a keeper."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 72092
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"This was great big hit with my family even picky 6 year old. I did leave the onion out and added extra sauce and cheese. I also cut it in half because I don't have a larger freezer. Would be good with mushrooms also but my 6 year old would not eat them. Every one loved this it's a keeper."

aklovebug User ID: 7002157 49816
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"My mom has been making this for years! I love it and now will make it for my daughter :)"

runt27552 User ID: 6964155 52533
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"Very good, made three small pans so I could freeze 2 of them will make again"

Cookiemaster13 User ID: 5422007 49815
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"Even my picky little eaters loved this. I only had 1 lb of hamburger, 1 lb of medium shells, one jar of pizza sauce, added the pepperoni and about 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce because it looked dry and it was fantastic!!! Time was of the essence so I made it on the cook top and it tasted great and was super fast!"

laceyv User ID: 6540869 33317
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Tastes very good and is easy to make. It's meal I know both kids will eat! I usually halve the recipe using a full jar of spaghetti sauce and sometimes a little less cheese to save on fat."

agnes24 User ID: 4430156 52476
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"I like this better than baked ziti. Next time I will use regular pepperoni instead of sandwich pepperoni cut up, I didn't realize it would have slightly less flavor than the regular. I also only made 1/2 the recipe but I will make this again."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 20362
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"It is not bad but too simple. It can be much better if place half of the pasta mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese then pepperoni. Repeat layers."

whitneydot User ID: 5792028 72094
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"This was so easy to make and was loved by adults and kids alike in my house. Will definitely be making this again!"

daabbott User ID: 5730142 33126
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"My entire family loved this recipe. It was very easy to prepare and had lots of flavor. Since my family tends to like things on the spicy side, I decided to use Italian sausage in place of the hamburger and it was wonderful. Definitely a keeper!"

Pinny User ID: 5864661 24340
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"From the first time I made this recipe it was a family favorite of everyone! I love to make it for mothers with new babies."

kayakbabe1 User ID: 1292154 33125
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"A tasty and easy recipe, especially for a boy's track team!"

MrsKase User ID: 3265136 52184
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"made with organic sauce w/ mushrooms. Loved it."

kidrowski User ID: 1407168 72088
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"Our church made this to serve 100 people. We got LOTS of compliments and recipe requests. a 9x13 pan can go into a roaster oven (on a rack) for extra baking room when preparing for a large crowd."

devilgrrl User ID: 5356323 70589
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"Very delicious! I added green pepper to it. Will make again."

mommyfor5 User ID: 4154560 29352
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Very simple! I cut the recipe in half and did not freeze. Very tasty!"

hopels User ID: 5412024 24338
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"Very easy dish.Huge hit. I made mine with ground turkey & turkey pepperoni. Next time I might try to add vegetables."

Chef Wannabe User ID: 4546594 86627
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"I tried this for out camping outings and everyone loved it and was asking for the recipe. I did, however, make one small change. When boiling the pasta, cook only to al dente and remove half for the casserole that will be frozen. Then finish cooking the pasta for the first one. I do this so that the pasta doesn't get all "mushy" during the extended baking time.

This is great and I will make it again."

krishodges User ID: 496764 67563
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"This is so simple with few ingredients and me and my husband just love it! He thinks it needs a crust of some sort so I'll try that next time. Definitly will make this over and over."

gratefulservant_AZ User ID: 635512 70587
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"I love this. I make it healthier by using whole grain rotini, turkey pepperoni, and reduced fat mozzarella cheese. Love that it makes two and I can freeze one and take it out for a busy night. My DH also loved it."

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