Transform your favorite loaded pizza into a delicious Pizza Casserole that’s baked in a 9×13 pan. This crowd pleaser includes tender penne pasta, browned meat, pepperoni, olives, bell peppers, and cheese smothered in marinara sauce.

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A spoon lifting pizza casserole out of the baking dish.

Whenever I give input to my husband or kids for dinner ideas for the week, this Pizza casserole recipe tops the list. This recipe comes from my Mother-in-law, and it was a favorite in her household when my husband was growing up.

What I LOVE about this recipe:

  • Sneak in veggies: I can always add extra chopped vegetables like chopped zucchini or shredded carrot.
  • Make it healthier: Use whole wheat noodles and cut down on the cheese to make it a healthier meal.
  • Make ahead: This is a great recipe to prep in the morning on a busy day.  See make ahead tips below.

How to Make Pizza Casserole:

1. Cook pasta: Cook penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

2. Brown meat: Brown ground beef and sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove grease.

3. Toss together: Add cooked meat to a large mixing bowl. Add pepperoni, bell pepper, onion, parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic, mushroom and olives.  Add cooked pasta and pasta sauce and toss to combine.

A bowl of cooked pasta next to a bowl with the ingredients needed for pizza casserole.

4. Add to casserole dish.  Pour mixture into a greased 9×13” pan. Sprinkle 1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top, (depending on how much cheese you want).

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling.

Pizza pasta casserole coated in red sauce in a baking dish then baked with mozzarella cheese on top.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Assemble the pizza casserole up until baking and store covered in the refrigerator for several hours. Remove from oven and bake as directed.

To freeze: Assemble casserole up until baking, adding it to a freezer safe casserole dish. Cover well with plastic wrap and tinfoil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator  and bake as directed. (Optional: I like to add extra sauce when serving as the noodles will soak up some of the sauce as it freezes).

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Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Cook 50 mins
Total 55 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound pork sausage
  • 4 ounces pepperoni
  • 1/2 green bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • 24 ounce jar marinara pasta sauce (homemade pizza sauce*)
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Brown ground beef and sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove grease. 
  • Add cooked meat to a large mixing bowl. Add pepperoni, bell pepper, onion, parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic, mushroom and olives. 
  • Add noodles and pasta sauce and toss to combine. 
  • Pour mixture into a greased 9x13'' pan. 
  • Sprinkle 1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top, (depending on how much cheese you want). 
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling. 

Notes

*5-Minute Pizza Sauce
Make ahead instructions:Assemble the pizza casserole up until baking and store covered in the refrigerator for several hours. Remove from oven and bake as directed.
Freezing instructions:Assemble casserole up until baking, adding it to a freezer safe casserole dish. Cover well with plastic wrap and tinfoil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator  and bake as directed. (Optional: I like to add extra sauce when serving as the noodles will soak up some of the sauce as it freezes).
 

Nutrition

Calories: 604kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 31gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 1102mgPotassium: 714mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 565IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 182mgIron: 3.4mg

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One of my husbands all time FAVORITE meals is this Pizza Casserole! Recipe from TastesBetterFromScratch.com*I originally shared this recipe August 2015. Updated April 2020 with process photos.

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  1. I’m excited to try this! My mom has celiac disease and misses pizza. I’ll just use gluten free noodles! Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was great. I couldn’t see how many jars of sauce to use, so I used 2 24 ounce jars.

  3. Has anyone ever froze this recipe? Currently have it in the oven and can’t wait to try it but I did not realize how many people this serves so I made half and put the rest in a foil pan for freezing! Curious how it holds up and how to cook it from frozen! I’ve been following the fall meal plan and haven’t found a dud yet! 😋

  4. 5 stars
    My almost 4 year old loved it. He’s pretty much good with any type of pasta, but I was drawn to this since it’s a bit different from the normal pasta dishes. Plus he loves pizza, so I was hoping it would be a win, and it was! I added an 8oz can of plain tomato sauce just to give it a bit more saucy-ness 😉 This will definitely be added to the dinner recipe rotation.

  5. Just put this together to take to a friend and her family for after surgery tomorrow. It looks and smells delicious and now I want some!!! I’ll have to make it for my family, too! I know it’s gonna be awesome since your IP Spaghetti is our FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE!

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