This Pizza Pasta Casserole is one you will come back to time after time. If you like pizza, you will love this casserole. Easy to make, keeps well in the refrigerator for several days and can be reheated in the oven or microwave. Most children will like this casserole as well as adults. Just add some garlic bread and a salad for a great meal.
1 pound ground beef (Could use ground turkey, pork sausage or Italian sausage)
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup of uncooked pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained (Can use whatever pasta you want such as macaroni, spaghetti, rotini. I used penne)
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 teaspoons dried basil (could use fresh basil)
1/2 teaspoon salt, (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
1 cup pepperoni slices
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (Can use whatever cheese you like)
Brown ground beef, green pepper and onion in a skillet on top of the stove. Drain well and spread in bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain well and spread on top of ground beef mixture. In a bowl whisk together the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, basil, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano and Italian seasoning. Pour over the hamburger and pasta evenly. Sprinkle on the mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni slices and add cheese on top. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy!
Note: I kept some of the olives and pepperoni to spread on top of the cheese just to make it look better. You don’t have to do this. You could add ham to this and experiment with the spices. It is very versatile. We like it just as I posted because it tastes just like pizza.
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