Pizza Pasta Bake

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This easy pizza pasta bake features all of the pizza flavors you love in a delicious cheesy casserole!  We add pepperoni, sausage and green pepper but feel free to add in your own favorite toppings such as mushrooms, olives or ham!

Pizza Pasta Bake! This easy cheesy dish layers up pasta with a zesty fully loaded sauce & tons of gooey cheese!

How to Make Pizza Pasta Bake

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Pizza Pasta Bake is a super easy cheesy casserole with layers of pasta & tons of gooey cheese!  This is one dish the whole family will easily agree on, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with a Pizza Pasta Casserole!!

You’ll want to make sure you use a good quality  pasta sauce in this recipe…  and I’ve even been known to replace some of the pasta sauce with a small can of pizza sauce for a little bit extra kick!

This recipe is not only really easy, it’s very versatile!  Add in your own favorite pizza toppings or sneak in a bunch of extra veggies from your fridge and watch the kids gobble them up!  (If your toppings are watery like mushrooms, be sure to cook them first so your dish doesn’t become watery!).

Items you you’ll need for this recipe

* 9×13 pan * cavatappi pasta (or other short pasta) * high quality pasta sauce *

Pizza Pasta Bake

A delicious pizza inspired casserole! Feel free to add in your own favorite pizza toppings!

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  • 12 oz uncooked medium pasta (I used cavatappi but penne & rotini are also good choices)
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 1/2 pound italian sausage (mild or hot), bulk or removed from casings
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red pepper , diced
  • 1/2 green pepper , diced
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 4 cups pasta sauce
  • 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 28 slices pizza pepperoni


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according el dente to package directions. Rinse under cold water and drain well.
  3. Brown onion, garlic, sausage and beef in a large pan over medium heat. Drain any fat. Add in red and green peppers and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Add oregano, drained tomatoes and pasta sauce, stir well.
  4. Place pasta in a greased 9×13 pan. Pour meat sauce over pasta and top with cheese and pepperoni slices.
  5. Bake 35-40 minutes uncovered or until cheese is melted and pasta is heated through.

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Pizza Pasta Bake! This easy cheesy dish layers up pasta with a zesty fully loaded sauce & tons of gooey cheese!
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Pizza Pasta Bake! This easy cheesy dish layers up pasta with a zesty fully loaded sauce & tons of gooey cheese!


Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

46 comments on “Pizza Pasta Bake”

  1. Yum this looks great, and such a good idea. We do eat a bit of pasta so might give this a go next time. Thanks for the post. Blessings

  2. This looks delicious and so Morris’s! Must make this as a weekend treat soon

  3. Hi HOlly, great Pizza dish! How about adding it to the Food on Friday: Pizza collection over at Carole’s Chatter? Cheers

  4. Yum…my 2 favorite foods…pizza and pasta! Looks so irresistible–I’m definitely making this!! :) Pinned!

  5. This looks gooey and delicious. :)

  6. this is always a hit with the kids

  7. Hi Holly,
    This is a great Pizza Pasta Bake, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. what brand of pasta sauce did you use for there are so many out there, sure sounds yummy thanks

  9. Made this last night for supper OMG it was so delicious. Husband said this is one of his top 10 favorite meals. Can wait for leftovers tonight. Great website

  10. I am seriously making this sooner rather than later! Have you tried Classico pasta sauces? They are delicious and have a very short ingredient list. Classico even makes a pizza sauce that tastes great and would work in this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Delicious dinner idea! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  12. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on our Special Edition of Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a very special day and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  13. Hi. Do you think that I could make this a day ahead to take to someone’s house? If so, what would be the best method? Thank you.

  14. Holly, this yummy casserole was so popular on our last Wonderful Wednesday blog hop that it will be featured this week! The final party of 2014. Wow!

  15. 1st time I went strictly by the recipe and oh my gosh it was delicious.
    This time I added black olives on my husbands part and green peppers and mushrooms all over. I did not think it could get any better but my husband said he thought it did. May become our #1. I used packaged sausage crumbles and Contadina squeeze bottle pizza sauce to make it even more simple.

  16. Plan on making this tomorrow but am unclear how to cook the sausage. Is it sliced or removed from the casings. Thanks in advance Lynn

  17. Thanks for the recipe! Looks perfect for when I don’t want to deal with rolling out a crust.

  18. This pizza pasta was delicious and remarkably simple to make. Thanks for sharing and loved the photos!

  19. This sounds delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  20. This sounds amazing. This is definitely happening in my kitchen this weekend.

  21. Hi Holly,
    The recipe calls for a can of tomatoes but doesn’t state the size, 14 or 28 ounce?
    Thanks and look forward to making this dish!

  22. Ive been making something like this for years and my family loves it but ive never done it with hamburger so im gonna give it a try and see

  23. Really disappointed we can’t PIN this recipe.

    • You can Pin any recipe by hovering over the image on a desktop computer or double clicking any image on an iPhone/iPad. Hope that helps!

  24. I just came to see all the comments about changing the recipe from the way it’s posted lmao. 

  25. What sauce has everyone used? I’d love to hear recommendations!! Thank you all.

  26. I did half pasta sauce and half pizza sauce but still did not get the pizza flavor I was looking for. Next time, I will use just pizza sauce. Loved how easy it was! Can’t wait to try it again!!!

  27. I made this tonight. I added Colby Jack cheese with the mozzerella. It turned out really great! Thank you!

  28. I have a go to dish that’s almost the same. I use spaghetti noodles and pour a couple of beaten eggs over it to bind the spaghetti before adding the pizza toppings, which allows me to serve it cut in squares. We call it Pizzetti and it’s a huge hit at our house.  I will be trying this variation thanks!

  29. Tried this for dinner tonight and loved it. Super easy to make and delicious. I skipped on the onions and forgot the oregano and it still turned out great. Thanks!

    Rating: 5

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