Zesty Pizza Casserole

I’ve tried out many different types of crock-pot pizza recipes along with different versions of the casserole, but this recipe is my family’s favorite.  I love how you can add anything you would be able to top a pizza with.  Every time you make the casserole, it could have a different taste based on the different “pizza toppings” you add.

Brown 1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage along with your diced onion (and bell pepper if using that ingredient).  Drain any excess grease from the pan and then add your seasonings and whatever other pizza toppings you want.  This time around I just added pepperoni, black olives, and mushrooms to the diced onions and hamburger.

Spray a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.  Cook 2 C. elbow macaroni until tender, drain then add to the pan.  You can either use half pizza sauce and half spaghetti sauce or just all spaghetti sauce.  This time I used just a large jar of homemade spaghetti sauce.

Mix well.

Next, add the meat mixture to the noodles and mix well.

At this point you can freeze the casserole for a quick freezer meal down the road.  If freezing, you can divide into 2 8×8 pans, cover each tightly with foil and either wrap in plastic wrap or place each pan in a gallon freezer zipper bag. To cook, let thaw overnight then bake like normal.

Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Place inside preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let set for about 10 minutes before serving.  Quick, easy and DELICIOUS!!!  I know it’s another pasta dish but at least it has variety! 🙂

Zesty Pizza Casserole – by Meals in Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ C. onion, chopped
  • ½ C. green pepper, chopped
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. basil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 16-oz cans pizza sauce
  • 4-oz. can mushrooms, drained
  • 4-oz. pkg. sliced pepperoni
  • 2 C. elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 C. shredded mozzarella

DIRECTIONS:  Brown ground beef with onion and green pepper; add remaining ingredients except for the mozzarella. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 dish; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Makes 4-6 servings.

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