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. 5 stars
    Delicious! Easy and great family meal. Added garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning to the meat. Used tomato and basil sauce instead of marinara. So great, thank you for sharing!

  2. 1 star
    When a recipe doesn’t come out as expected it’s an automatic mood killer. Highly disappointed in this recipe. Came out super dry.

    1. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. I find when trying a new dish, I always either make too much sauce… or too little. Try egg noodles next time because I think the penne will soak up too much of the recommended amount of sauce. Good Eating!

  3. 4 stars
    Everyone loved it. Flavor was really good but I thought it could have used a bit more sauce and the peppers & onions could have used a bit of sauteing to soften them up. Fortunately I had time to make my own sauce and I definitely recommend doing so if you can. I will be making this again!

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