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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Easy Pizza Casserole Recipe



Looking for a fun and tasty weeknight meal? Make this family-friendly pizza casserole. With ingredients like Italian sausage, pepperoni and bell peppers, this dish features the best of a classic "meat lover's pizza." It's also ideal for satisfying that pizza craving when you don't have a crust—or simply don't feel like making one! Read on to make it yourself.

Pizza casserole recipe

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Things You’ll Need

  • 1 pound Italian sausage or ground meat of choice

  • 1 medium bell pepper, deseeded and diced

  • 1 medium onion, deseeded and diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 5 cups pasta or pizza sauce

  • 2.25-ounce can sliced olives (optional)

  • 1/2 cup chopped ham, plus more for topping

  • 3 ounces pepperoni

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 16 ounces pasta of choice

  • Olive oil

Ingredients for pizza casserole recipe

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 3-quart casserole dish.

In a large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil. Cook the bell peppers and onions for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Cook bell pepper, onion and garlic

Step 2

Remove the sausage from their casings and add to the skillet. Cook for 10 minutes or until no longer pink, using a spatula to break up the meat.

Cook Italian sausage

Step 3

Set aside about 20 pieces of pepperoni for the topping. Chop the rest of the pepperoni.

Chop the pepperoni

Step 4

To the skillet, add the sauce, chopped pepperoni, diced ham and olives. Mix well. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce is thick.

Mix sauce, ham, pepperoni and olives

Step 5

While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to the package's directions. Drain well.

Cook the pasta

Step 6

Carefully add the pasta to the sauce and stir. If your skillet isn't big enough, you can add the sauce to the pot of pasta instead.

Add the pasta to the sauce

Step 7

To the greased casserole dish, add half of the pasta. Top with half of the shredded cheese.

Add pasta and cheese to casserole dish

Step 8

Add the remaining pasta, then top with the remaining cheese. Top with chopped ham and pepperoni.

Top with pasta, cheese and pepperoni

Step 9

Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and pepperoni is slightly crispy.

Bake until cheese is bubbly

Serve with a side salad or garlic bread. Enjoy!

Pizza casserole recipe

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