Last week in my weekly menu, I mentioned I was making pizza casserole and had a request for the recipe. This is fairly quick (from start to finish it takes me an hour, including making the sauce) and usually family and kid friendly. It makes a lot, so half the recipe if you’re cooking for less than four and don’t want leftovers.
- Your choice of any combination meats: 1 lb sausage, 1 package pepperoni, Canadian bacon, ham, bacon, hamburger or any other meats you like on your pizza
- Your choice of any combination vegetables: sliced olives, chopped green peppers, chopped onions, sliced mushrooms or other favorite pizza toppings.
- 3 cups mozzarella cheese
- 2 batches of homemade pizza sauce (or 2 jars of store bought but really, it’s easy to make your own, & tastier)
- 1 box Rotini pasta
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Cook Rotini as directed on package to al dente (do not overcook)
3. Fry up the meats you’ve chosen. For my casserole this time, I did sausage, pepperoni and ham. You can use whatever you like, really, but don’t skimp on the meat. If you’re only using sausage, for instance, use 2 lbs. Toss pepperoni in the skillet at the end, because it will keep it from getting too greasy in the casserole.
4. Chop up whatever veggies you selected. I only used black olives this time because that’s what I had in the house, and not everyone here likes green peppers and onions like I do, so I left them out. But you can use anything. I usually toss veggies in with meats for 5 minutes just to heat them through, especially mushrooms, but I suggest doing it with other veggies as well.
5. Once pasta is done, put in a large casserole dish that you’ve sprayed with Pam, (I use a ceramic-covered cast iron 6 qt pot) and mix with pizza sauce, meats, veggies and 1 cup of cheese.
6. Top with 2 cups of cheese, put uncovered in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes (longer time if you have uncooked veggies in) then broil on high for 3-5 minutes to make cheese brown and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
7. Plate on your daughter’s favorite pink plate.