Thursday, November 08, 2007

Kids & Adults Alike Love This Pizza Casserole

I served two of these when we celebrated Leaa & Nicole's birthdays. Each had pepperoni but one was stuffed with hamburger and the other with Italian sausage. For the record, the hamburger was the casserole of choice which was great for me because I loved the Italian sausage :) The recipe follows...

Pizza Casserole

1: LB. Bow Tie Pasta
1: LB. Hamburger (Sausage, Ham, Whatever You Like)
1: Large Onion; Sliced, Lightly Saute'
2: 26 Ounce Jars Of Pizza Sauce (You Can Use Spaghetti Sauce)
1: Cup Fresh Mushrooms; Sliced, Lightly Saute'
1/2 To 1: Lb. Sliced Pepperoni
3: 8 Ounce Bags Of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
6: Tablespoons Of Grated Parmesan Cheese
1: Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1: Teaspoon Dried Oregano


1. Cook Pasta According To Directions
2. Cook Hamburger (Sausage) With Garlic Powder, Oregano, Onion & Mushrooms Until Juices Run Clear
3. Lightly Coat A 9x13 Pan With Pizza Sauce
4. Layer Ingredients In Order:
5. 1st Layer; 1/3 Of Pasta, 1/3 Of Sauce, 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, 1/3 Hamburger, 1 Bag Of Mozzarella Cheese
6. 2nd Layer: Repeat With Half Remaining Ingredients
7. 3rd Layer: Repeat Using Remaining Ingredients
8. Completely Cover Top With Pepperoni Slices
9. Bake At 375 Degrees F For 40 Minutes (Adjust Time For Your Oven)
10. Allow To Stand For 5 Minutes Before Serving

Notes: The recipe originally called for adding an additional 1/2 LB. of Ham, DD Leaa substituted mushrooms in place of the 1/2 LB. of Ham. I will be doing the same. You also might consider using Canadian Bacon in this recipe. Yum...
Also note that this recipe when assembled will weigh a TON! Experiment. Have fun and remember to share with me your results.

Leaa recently prepared and froze this casserole and the Shepherd's Pie recipe for a girlfriend who is scheduled for a cesarean birth November 12. Both do freeze well and you might think about doing the same thing before heading to China to have meals ready for when you first get home.



redmaryjanes said...

That is made from things that I usually have around the house, I'd just have to pick up some pepperoni. I'll be trying this one.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

That sounds good.. and easy to make...
At our house.. we have to make double of everything with 2 boys that eat everything in sight...
Have a WONDERFUL Day!!!!

m said...

That looks good. Sorry I missed it. Hope you are having fun everyday. I think you could easily publish an online cookbook. Each recipe looks better than the last. See you this weekend for our Livi swap. Marsha

Elisa, Jarrod, Thomas & Zoe said...

They both sound great, I will have to try them out.
I am sure they will be a huge hit with my two!

Lisa and Tate said...

I will be making this yummmmm tomorrow!!! I will do the mushrooms instead of the ham... Love it!!!

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

sorry to just be catching up on your blog but I've been a little blue lately and not reading much. I just wanted to comment that I've been making pizza casserole for years and my family LOVES it.. however, I never thought to make it look like an actual pizza. How cool is that!? Thanks for sharing your recipes.