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Pizza pasta casserole in a white baking dish
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Easy Pizza Casserole

This pizza casserole is an easy, no-fuss dinner the whole family will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ziti or medium size 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 ½ ounce) package sliced pepperoni, sliced in half
  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 (3.8-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley optional garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 2-quart baking dish or spray with cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Transfer to prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

Inspired by Taste of Home