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Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole Recipe

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole Recipe

A comforting casserole with mass appeal is just what you need when cooking for a crowd. For added convenience, it stays warm in a slow cooker. —Virginia Krites, Cridersville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours YIELD:14 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni or large tube pasta
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pizza sauce
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • Chopped fresh basil or arugula, optional


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. Drain pasta; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beef mixture, cheese, pizza sauce, soup and pepperoni. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. If desired, top with basil before serving. Yield: 14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 329 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 885mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

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[email protected] User ID: 5651791 263808
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2017

"Family loved it"

Kdorfman User ID: 7269420 260688
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"It was good if your not watching your carbs."

ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 260568
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2017

"I used mini pepperonis and Italian sausage and undercooked the pasta. I also added some Italian spices and doubled the mushroom soup. I mixed everything together the day before and kept it in the frig overnight. The next morning I warmed it in the crock pot for a few hours as indicated in the recipe (stirring occasionally). I received compliments and for how easy it was to assemble ahead of time, I'd call this recipe a success!"

vj221979 User ID: 5329286 257096
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"Love it! easy and tasty!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 255051
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2016

"Delicious! Definitely a keeper!

- Theresa"

Jujucolace User ID: 8607019 249937
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"So delicious and easy to make! I see myself making this for my family over and over again!"

[email protected] User ID: 1267959 246020
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2016

"I added spices like other people suggested, plus I substituted the hamburger meat with Italian sausage. I took it to a church potluck and people raved about it."

MrsHail User ID: 7968911 243860
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"So, so good. I used cream of onion soup. I don't like mushroom. It was really very good. I'll make this again."

Terria11 User ID: 8614641 242646
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"I thought this recipe had a wonderful flavor and mix of textures. With the 'foodie craze', some people feel they have to empty the spice rack . Then some go on to rate what is really their own recipe."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 236372
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I agree with the folks who mentioned that this was on the bland side. I had extra spices on hand to mix in- red pepper flakes, oregano and basil, garlic powder and fresh black pepper. This recipe sounded great, but neither my husband or our two kids were wowed. Likely won't make again."

badcooktrying User ID: 7740106 236237
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"This was outstanding. I added mushrooms and green pepper with the onions. Then when I put everything in the slow cooker I added minced garlic, salt and oregano seasonings."

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 236071
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"This tastes just like pizza and it was loved by my family. it will be in the regular rotation."

Spotted-Doe User ID: 5667848 235541
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"Because others had mentioned a blandness is flavor, I added several diced garlic cloves when browning the beef, as well as dried basil and oregano in large quantities (like 1 TB). Even then it was only okay. Perfectly edible, nothing special. I think a spicy pizza sauce might be the key."

alyssajeane User ID: 4085563 233595
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I can always tell when a meal is good because the leftovers are gone before noon the next day. This casserole was one such meal."

Bonito User ID: 1630276 233127
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

"Loved this recipe - I only added a bunch of parm. on the top - awesome"

apschwartz User ID: 1393337 227316
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

"Simple and good. Made a bit too much for 2 of us to eat in one week. Will definitely make again."

Janadele User ID: 7087902 221542
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015 Edited Feb. 29, 2016

"easy dish to make."

treacher User ID: 8163541 218415
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"Made this recipe tonight for dinner and it was a hit, I loved it because it was simply to make and I got leftover for my husbands lunch."

cindyrn54 User ID: 2109029 216257
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"Cut out the pepperoni and cut out half the calories. Also make white sauce and cut out cream of mushroom soup. easy peasy!"

diggerandcrafty User ID: 6708313 214065
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"Family loved it. I thought it did need some more flavor. I will make again though since they all loved it."

lesleymdx User ID: 8116846 159657
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"It was very good, quite surprising. Would recommend if you want to prepare a quick meal for 6 people. Tasty combination of ingredients."

aprilmka User ID: 2934631 160319
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"I was not a fan of this; I read the other reviews and decided to add some basil & oregano to give it some more flavor but unfortunately it did not help."

fritsch5 User ID: 6340424 160304
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"I made this for a pasta night for my daughter's volleyball team. They loved it! I'll definitely make it again."

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 112254
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"I made this recipe as directed except baked it in the oven like a casserole. It was very good and even better the next day. This recipe makes a lot so good for a large family ."

Juliad0514 User ID: 6926260 92519
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"I used mini pepperoni and I think it probably would have been more flavorful to use the regular pepperoni and add extra. I really wanted this to be a five star recipe...but it just didn't do it for me. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but there wasn't really anything special about it either. I'm going to try sprucing it up next time."

miraclejp User ID: 7603715 142787
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"easy to fix and tastes good!"

mick872 User ID: 7911109 97269
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"This was really good, esp if you have a large family. I made it twice except the second time I substituted chicken breast for the pepperoni, liked it better that way"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 72311
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"I prepared this recipe tonight and it is another winner. I did do a few things differently. I used spiral pasta which I happened to have on hand and I halved the recipe. Also, instead of a slow cooker, I put it in a casserole dish and baked it at 350º for 30 minutes. It was delicious. Here is the link to my review and pictures. We will have this again."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 159652
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"Good & easy."

Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 92518
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"I can't get enough of this!! Definetley one of my favorite meals. The only thing I did different was I heated it through on the stovetop for about 30 minutes to speed things up, not in the slow cooker."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 165492
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"My family has pizza night every Friday night and this was a GREAT recipe to switch it up from the regular pizza. Great flavor and it made a lot! I froze the leftovers and it freezes great."

brandangelak User ID: 3566870 64847
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"This was a perfect recipe to throw together before my son's baseball game. It was cooked and ready when we got home. I substituted cream of chicken soup for the mushroom (we aren't mushroom fans!) and it turned out great. You could definitely add "toppings" to suit your family's taste. I only cooked the pasta about 1/2 way so it wouldn't be mushy, and cooked it for 2 1/2 hours."

suwest User ID: 4738021 97267
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"This is crazy good! definitely not for dieters, but so yummy and sooo easy, makes a lot."

meggbell User ID: 7160448 158281
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"I used egg noodles and mini pepperoni....i added a little red pepper and some other seasons"

lkjohn2 User ID: 6606190 159817
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"Very delicious and VERY easy to make. I made this dish for a potluck at work and numerous people asked me for the recipe!!!"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 158279
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"Very easy meal to throw in the slow cooker. Family loved it so it was a keeper. I agree with the review about needing just a touch more of something. Maybe next time I'll play around with seasonings a bit."

jessescrew User ID: 3432350 72283
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"This was ok. My daughter really liked it, but I thought it needed something to perk it up. Just not sure what. If I make this again, I will try to add something to give it a little more taste."

danpas336 User ID: 4620962 158277
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"quick and easy meal. I don't have a slow cooker so I made it on the stove. Within 30 mins, the casserole was ready to serve, the pot and skillet were clean and so was the kitchen. I had some leftover so, great lunch the following day. Very tasty. A big hit."

Jul-Bean User ID: 5957802 159650
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"I substituted Italian sausage for ground beef and added green peppers and 1 large can of Italian stewed tomatos. DELISH!!!"

jewelraven User ID: 4247514 92995
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"Made a few changes second time I used it and served for Po-ke-no club; everyone raved and wanted the receipe."

Yum-yum cook User ID: 5784421 159648
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"Made recipe for a school potluck, took out bland ground beef and added mild pork italian sausage meat and a green pepper. It was a hit with adults and kids."

jniehaus User ID: 257121 72277
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"I have made this numerous times for different groups of kids and they love it. Didn't change a thing."

ajscherer User ID: 4855688 158275
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"This is an ok recipe. The family and I just found it dry and bland. So if you don't like alot of spice in your Italian food, this may be a good recipe for you."

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 208156
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"This was great. We all loved it."

jernstberger User ID: 4542825 64842
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"Very Filling, definitely a comfort food"

sjoclark User ID: 1130536 92978
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"Very good"

Dannysngirl User ID: 4510201 159816
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Very yummy!"

moonmom User ID: 3845440 92517
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"So delicious! Made plenty for leftovers."

psippey User ID: 1285846 92976
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"This was so easy to make and was delicious! I made it exactly as written but I think I'll try adding mushrooms and Italian sausage next time. It was a welcome change from the usual spaghetti dinner. This would be great for a potluck or if you're serving a crowd."

shannonrmunson User ID: 4107989 92516
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"This was great, my husband loved it! I replaced the ground beef with soy ground round, omitted the pepperoni and added one chopped red pepper. I cooked the pasta for only 5minutes before adding to the mix and it wasn't too soft once it was all done cooking. Will definitely make it again!"

crystines User ID: 4619053 160303
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"Loved this, next time though I will buy a stick of peperoni and cut it thicker then the package of sliced peperoni"

BryLily User ID: 4548697 165447
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"My husband and three boys loved this recipe. It is so rare to have all them like anything but this was a success."

ProblemChild User ID: 3731049 208155
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"This recipe was great!! The brilliant part is you can alter the ingredients to suit your own particular "pizza" tastes. I added a small can of mushroom stems & pieces to my mixture and I used the Reduced Sodium Mushroom soup. It worked out well because there was plenty of sodium content in the sausage. For the cheese I substituted the Italian Blend. I also lightly sprayed my Stoneware with cooking spray to make it easier to clean up & also so the pasta wouldn't stick. Thanks for the recipe!!"

suzanne_mills User ID: 2246062 92515
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"This is a great recipe but to keep the pasta from over cooking it is best to add it just before serving ;) That will ensure al dente pasta :)"

ceutachcaile User ID: 1256279 112252
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"This also works well in the oven. To make it like my favorite pizza, I added sliced mushrooms and black olives, it was great!"

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