Pizza Pasta: Spicy pepperoni and gooey cheese come together in this family favorite. It tastes just like pizza, but in pasta form!
Are you looking for a simple casserole that will taste amazing? My Pizza Pasta bake it a great choice for an easy dinner idea. With all the flavors of your favorite pizza, you can have a filling, budget-friendly dinner idea. Bonus: Kids love it too!
Pizza Pasta casserole is great to make for dinner at home, pot lucks ,or even to bring to a friend. When you make a pizza pasta recipe, you can customize it with your favorite pizza flavors to make a dinner that everyone will! love.
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Pizza Pasta Ingredients
- Ground Beef: You could also use ground sausage.
- Bell Pepper: Any color will do.
- Rigatoni: You could also use rotini, ziti, or cavatappi. Any large noodle that will hold our sauce/meat will work just fine.
- Marinara Sauce: I used a 3 cheese variety. There is a difference between pizza sauce and pasta sauce. Pizza sauce tends to be uncooked tomato sauce. It is made from pureed tomatoes with salt, pepper and some extra seasoning like garlic and oregano. Pasta sauce is a cooked sauce that usually has more ingredients like onions and chunky tomatoes. Either will work in this recipe, but I prefer marinara.
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
Pizza Pasta Recipe
- Cook Beef and Veggies: In a large skillet brown beef. Cook onion and pepper until softened.
- Cook Pasta: Add pasta, marinara, and water. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Add toppings: Stir in cheeses and pepperoni.
- Garnish with additional cheese and pepperoni.
Can You Freeze Pizza Pasta?
Yes! A Pizza Pasta Bake makes a great freezer meal idea. When you are making pizza pasta casserole for dinner, double the recipe. Split it in half. Bake one for dinner and put the other one in the freezer, before baking it. When you are ready to bake the pizza pasta recipe, let it thaw in the refrigerator first. You can also freeze baked pizza pasta casserole. If you will not finish the pizza pasta you can freeze any uneaten portion. When you are ready to reheat, add a little more sauce to the dish.
- Mix Up the Meat: Use ground sausage for more pizza flavor.
- More Veggies: Add you favorite pizza veggies like mushrooms or black olives.
- Make It Vegetarian: Leave out the meat entirely or use veggie crumbles instead.
- Spice It Up: Add crushed red pepper flakes, and diced jalapeno.
- Make It Gluten Free: Use gluten free pasta. Make sure to check labels of all other items as well.
What to Serve With Pizza Pasta Bake?
More Easy Dinners:
- 1 Pound Ground Beef Lean
- 1 Bell Pepper Diced
- 1 Onion Diced
- 2 Cups Water
- 24 Slices Pepperoni
- 1 Box Rigatoni Pasta
- 1 Jar Marinara Sauce
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese Shredded and Divided
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded
- In a large dutch oven, brown ground beef. Cook onion and pepper until softened.
- Pour in pasta, marinara, and water. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Simmer for ~15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
- Stir in pepperoni, parmesan, and 1 cup of mozzarella.
- Add additional cheese on top, and garnish with additional pepperoni if desired.
What Do You think of this Pizza Pasta?