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!

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 *

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Review Recipe

PIZZA PASTA BAKE

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
A delicious pizza inspired casserole! Feel free to add in your own favorite pizza toppings!

Ingredients

  • 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

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Instructions

  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.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 407, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 1155mg, Potassium: 841mg, Carbohydrates: 44g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 26g, Vitamin A: 19.9%, Vitamin C: 37.3%, Calcium: 33.5%, Iron: 19.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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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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  1. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit. I used half rigatoni half penne pastas. When using different pastas be sure to allow different cooking times for al dente. The only thing I might add the next time are button mushrooms. Otherwise, it’s perfect. Used Prego basil pasta sauce. Add salad and garlic toast!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!!

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  5. 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

  6. 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!
    Julia

  7. 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

    1. Hi Lynn,
      Great question, I’ve updated the recipe to be more clear. This is removed from the casings (or bulk sausage).
      Enjoy!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!
    Congrats!

  10. 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.

    1. I haven’t tried it but I would think if you put it all together you could refrigerate it overnight and bake it when you arrive.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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

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

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

  17. 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