Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pizza Casserole

After I made this, my husband said it reminded him of a pasta dish a popular pizza place makes.  I hadn't thought of it but now that he had mentioned it, yes it does.  It was never one I ordered since the veggies were always still crunchy.  We like soft veggies.  If you like the add ins be sure to cook them first unless you like them crunchy. They also used assorted pasta. Mix and match as you like!


Pizza Casserole

8 ounce box of pasta (I used gluten-free elbow macaroni)
2 - 14 ounce jars pizza sauce (or 3 cups of homemade)
1 pound cooked ground beef
1/2  of a 7 ounce package pepperoni slices (use 2/3 cut in half for in the casserole and 1/3 cut into quarters on top)
2 cups shredded mozzarella (or Italian Blend Cheese)

Other options for stir ins:
mushrooms
green peppers
onions
sausage

Cook and drain pasta.  Mix together all of the ingredients except for the cheese and 1/3 of the pepperoni slices.
 Dump into 9 x 13 pan (you can grease if you want - I never seem to remember to.) If you want to freeze it, slide it into a bag, when ready to use, thaw, dump in dish and bake.
Sprinkle on mozzarella.  I made two dishes, one with and one without mushrooms.
Top with pepperoni slices.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and the pepperoni is nice and crispy on top.


29 comments:

  1. Oh I would love this, all though not sure about hubby as he is not a pasta or pizza fan. May have to wait until he is not home to make it or when we have company. Thanks for sharing on FFF.

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  2. Oh my, this will get devoured at my house! My husband and two older sons LOVE pizza and pasta, can't wait to see what they think of this. Already pinned to try very soon! Thank you for sharing at #GetHimFed Fridays, hope to see you again tomorrow. :)

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  3. Hello I found your blog from the Fall Chili Party Linky Party and I can't wait to try this recipe! My boyfriends favorite food is pizza (but it gets old) and I love pizza recipes so this is perfect! Thank you for sharing!

    Love and Blessings,
    Lacy

    www.chosentheblog.com

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  4. The crisp pepperoni on top is the perfect touch--I really like that! Your pizza casserole looks like a huge family-pleaser...I know it would please my family. Thank you for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo. It's nice to have you stop by!

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  5. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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  6. Looks yummy! I do a similar dish but I like the idea of using macaroni. Pinning!

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  7. YUM! Perfect Fall dinner idea, pinned for this weeks dinner! :)

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  8. This looks really delicious and yummy Jenny! I pretty much always have these ingredients on hand so this could be an easy go to meal on the many nights I have no idea what I'm fixing! Pinned :)

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

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  9. Jenny: Love, love, love this recipe. In fact, I have the fixin's already and it'll be just a matter of putting them together. Great idea! My fam will love this--for sure! --Deb (DialMforMoms)

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  10. that looks SOOO yummy!! Stopping over from blog boost to pin this :o) Emily@nap-timecreations.

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  11. I have all the stuff right now to make this... Looks yummy, this will be something I try for sure this Sunday... It's foot ball day in my house and we have a wedding Saturday, so this would be PERFECT... thanks for sharing

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  12. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever. I have a similar recipe called Cavatini. It's great, too.

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    1. Cavatini is how that red roofed pizza joint ;) called theirs so that is how my husband requests this dish. LOL I had forgotten that since it was so long since they made the dish I had forgotten.

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  13. My daughter loves Pizza we will have to give this a try to add in some variety. :)

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  14. The kids just love this pizza casserole. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday party this week. Pinned/shared.

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