Pizza Pasta Casserole

Pizza Pasta Casserole – EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and for times when you want BOTH pizza AND pasta!! Ground beef, pepperoni, and oodles of cheese make this casserole pure COMFORT FOOD! Feeds a crowd!!

Pizza Pasta Casserole - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and for times when you want BOTH pizza AND pasta!! Ground beef, pepperoni, and oodles of cheese make this casserole pure COMFORT FOOD! Feeds a crowd!!

This recipe is for those times where just one type of carb – pizza OR pasta – won’t do and you need both. I’ve gotcha covered.

It’s easy, ready in 20 minutes, and is comfort food at its finest.

What’s In The Pizza Pasta Casserole

There’s an onion, one pound of ground beef, one pound of pasta, one pound of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and everything is coated in two cups of pizza sauce.

So in other words, this will feed a hungry army. Or just my preteen after she comes home from sports practice and a full day of school.

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How To Make The Pizza Pasta Casserole

Simply cook up a pound of pasta. I used rotini but ziti, small or medium shells, wheels or another small-shaped pasta will be fine.

While the pasta is boiling, brown up the ground beef along with an onion. After the pasta is done and drained, add it to the ground beef, and stir in pasta sauce.

Transfer it to a casserole or baking dish, sprinkle with cheese and pepperoni, and broil it until the cheese melts and is as golden browned as desired, probably about 3 minutes.

Pizza Pasta Casserole - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and for times when you want BOTH pizza AND pasta!! Ground beef, pepperoni, and oodles of cheese make this casserole pure COMFORT FOOD! Feeds a crowd!!

To Bake Or To Broil

While you could probably bake the casserole in order to allow the cheese to melt, it would take much longer and you wouldn’t get the lightly browned spots on the cheese from the broiler.

Broiled cheese is a zillion times tastier in my opinion than cheese that’s simply been melted, but I wouldn’t refuse either. Cheese is my world no matter how it’s presented to me.

Economical And Freezes Well

Normally I never discuss the price of ingredients or the cost of a recipe, but his was an extremely economical dish for me. The beef was on sale for $1.99 a pound. Unheard of, but it’s why I bought it. I used store brand pasta and pizza sauce, both $1.49 each, and the cheese I bought was from Trader Joe’s for $3.49.

Considering this will easily serve 8, that’s not even $1.50 per serving for homemade goodness.

I froze 6 portions of it in plastic containers to pull out for those times when dinner is just not going to happen easily or on time, and the frozen portions were easy to reheat in the micro and just as tasty as when fresh. Score.

Pizza Pasta Casserole - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and for times when you want BOTH pizza AND pasta!! Ground beef, pepperoni, and oodles of cheese make this casserole pure COMFORT FOOD! Feeds a crowd!!

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Pizza Pasta Casserole - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and for times when you want BOTH pizza AND pasta!! Ground beef, pepperoni, and oodles of cheese make this casserole pure COMFORT FOOD! Feeds a crowd!!

Pizza Pasta Casserole – EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and for times when you want BOTH pizza AND pasta!! Ground beef, pepperoni, and oodles of cheese make this casserole pure COMFORT FOOD! Feeds a crowd!!

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Ingredients:

  • one pound rotini pasta, cooked and drained (ziti, small or medium shells, or another small-shaped pasta may be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, diced small
  • one pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups pizza or marina sauce
  • 16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 24 pepperoni
  • fresh parsley, optional for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler to high and spray a 9×13-inch baking or casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a stockpot, cook the pasta according to the manufacturer’s directions; drain and set aside.
  3. While the pasta cooks, to a Dutch oven or other large pot, add the olive oil, onion, and cook over medium-high heat for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften; stir occasionally.
  4. Add the beef, evenly sprinkle with the oregano, salt, pepper, and crumble beef as it cooks to encourage even cooking; stir frequently.
  5. After the beef is cooked through, add the pizza sauce, cooked pasta, and stir very well to combine.
  6. Transfer mixture to the prepared casserole dish, evenly top with the cheese, pepperoni, and broil for about 3 minutes, or until cheese has melted or is as browned as desired. Watch it very closely because cheese can burn extremely quickly under the broiler, sometimes in a matter of 15 seconds.
  7. Optionally garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately. Extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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6 comments on “Pizza Pasta Casserole”

  1. Yum! Love all the cheesy goodness in this–it has Jon’s name written all over it!

  2. My kids will love this!! Thanks!

  3. Simply amazing. I made it for our son and grandsons and it looked so good that I had to have a sanmple – You know, just to make sure it was going to pass the test! It absolutely did and I am going to make it again and freeze it especially with the holidays coming up!I did make one addition – our family are huge meat eaters so in addition to the the hamburger I added one pound of Itailian sausage, added 1/4 cup of pizza sauce and it was heavenly!Thank you for sharing your talents!

    Rating: 5

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