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!

close up of taking a spoonful of pizza pasta bake with pepperoni on the top

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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Pizza Pasta Bake

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


  • 12 ounces uncooked medium pasta I used cavatappi but penne & rotini are also good choices
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • ½ pound italian sausage mild or hot, bulk or removed from casings
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ red pepper diced
  • ½ green pepper diced
  • 1 can 14 ounces diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 4 cups pasta sauce
  • 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 28 slices pizza pepperoni


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook pasta according el dente to package directions. Rinse under cold water and drain well.
  • 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.
  • Place pasta in a greased 9×13 pan. Pour meat sauce over pasta and top with cheese and pepperoni slices.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes uncovered or until cheese is melted and pasta is heated through.
4.98 from 97 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 407 | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1155mg | Potassium: 841mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 30.8mg | Calcium: 335mg | Iron: 3.6mg

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

Course Dinner
Cuisine American


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

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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

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

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

  12. 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