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Pizza Casserole

This pizza casserole is pasta simmered in tomato sauce with pepperoni, sausage, olives and bell peppers, then topped with cheese and baked to golden brown perfection. A family friendly dinner option that always gets rave reviews!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword pizza casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 470kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 3/4 cup mini pepperoni divided use
  • 1/2 cup black olives sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 24 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces short pasta such as corkscrew, rotini or penne
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula, until browned.
  • Add the onion, green bell pepper and mushrooms to the pot. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the pepperoni, olives and the garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the marinara sauce, water, salt, pepper and pasta to the pot and bring to a simmer. 
  • Cover the pot and cook over low heat for 12-14 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  • While the pasta is simmering, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Coat a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • After the pasta is finished cooking, pour the mixture into the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the top and arrange the remaining 1/4 cup of pepperoni on the cheese.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3.1mg