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Pizza pasta casserole in a white baking dish

Easy Pizza Casserole


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This pizza casserole is an easy, no-fuss dinner the whole family will love!


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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ziti (or medium sized pasta), cooked according to package directions
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped (about 1 cup chopped)
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar pizza sauce
  • 12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (3 cups – reserve 1 cup for topping)
  • 1 (3-1/2 ounce) package sliced pepperoni, sliced in half
  • 1 (4-ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 (3.8-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 2-quart baking dish or spray with cooking spray.
  2. While pasta is cooking, cook ground beef, onion and green pepper in a dutch oven or large saucepan until meat is browned and no longer pink, crumbling beef while it cooks.  Drain off fat.
  3. Add cooked pasta, pizza sauce, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to beef mixture and stir well to combine.
  4. Transfer to prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven, remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

Inspired by Taste of Home

  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pizza pasta casserole, pepperoni pizza casserole