5 Ingredients and less then 30 minutes to make this Pepperoni Pizza Casserole this is a recipe that you will love just as much as the kids do. It's simple and easy and a real crowd pleaser.
Feeding littles ones isn't always easy. I think my boys are pretty good eaters, but they can be picky about some things.
Pizza is usually a go to winner for a lot of kids, so this casserole was my attempt at making a pizza inspired dish the kids will love.
My oldest who doesn't like pizza actually ended up loving this Pepperoni Pizza Casserole!
How to make Pizza Casserole:
This recipe is very easy to make and can be made in less than 30 minutes.
I wanted to make a pasta dish and the kids wanted pizza, so here we are!
I cooked rotini noodles, then added Pizza sauce instead of spaghetti sauce.
Yes, a little different of a flavor, but that's what makes this a Pizza casserole.
- Rotini - other pasta types would work like penne or bowtie pasta.
- Pizza Sauce - I bought a jar of pizza sauce but you can make your own or even use marinara sauce.
- Pepperoni - the pepperoni inside the casserole is diced and I leave some whole for the top. I find dicing it for inside make it easier to serve and eat.
- Cheese - shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Seasoning - I just used dried Oregano but you can add more seasoning to taste.
Step one: Start by getting your oven ready. Preheat and then prepare a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
Step two: Now prepare your pasta.
Cook it pasta according to package directions then drain them and return them back to your pot.
Step three: Now add in pizza sauce, diced pepperoni, and 1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Mix then pour into a casserole dish.
Step four: Add the remaining cup of cheese to the top of your casserole.
Then add whole pepperoni slices and sprinkle with oregano.
Step five: Bake until cheese is melted. Remove from oven serve to enjoy.
For this recipe, I diced some of my pepperonis and kept some whole.
We find that it's easier to eat when the pepperoni that is mixed into the casserole dish is bite-size which is why we cut them.
You could also try mini pepperonis if you don't want to spend time dicing.
How to store this casserole:
Casserole needs to be stored in the refrigerator once baked.
Transfer it into an air-tight container or keep it in the casserole dish and cover it with plastic wrap.
It will last in the refrigerator for about 7 to 10 days.
Can you freeze this casserole:
Prep: Yes, you can freeze pizza casserole. Follow the directions and make the casserole as instructed. Once the casserole is done, allow it too fully cool.
Freeze: I find it best to cook it in one of my casserole dishes that have a lid. Once the dish is cool, put the lid on it and freeze in the freezer. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
Reheat: To reheat, allow the casserole to thaw for at least 12 hours before baking.
You want the casserole to be thawed and you do not want to put the frozen casserole dish straight into the oven.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and the bake for 10-15 minutes until it is warmed throughout.
Top with more mozzarella cheese before baking if you wish.
Try some of my other favorite casseroles:
Crack Chicken Casserole - This Crack Chicken Casserole is made with shredded hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and ranch seasoning.
Chicken and Rice Casserole - This simple Chicken and Rice Casserole only take a few ingredients and it bakes in 15 minutes or less.
Sloppy Joe Casserole - A childhood favorite done a new way! This Sloppy Joe Casserole is a family favorite you are going to want to try.
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Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
- 12 oz Rotini
- 24 oz Pizza sauce
- 1 cup Diced pepperoni
- ½ cup Whole pepperoni
- 2 ½ cups Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 1 teaspoon Oregano (dried)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
- Cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Add in pizza sauce, diced pepperoni, and 1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Mix then pour into a casserole dish.
- Add remaining cup of cheese to the top of your casserole. Then add whole pepperoni and sprinkle with oregano.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven serve enjoy.
So simple and delicious. Made for a large party. Doubled the recipe.
Easy to prepare and everyone loved it. Used chef boy ardee pizza sauce.
Can you assemble this ahead of time and not bake until later? Seems like it’d be fine.
Yes that would work well for this recipe!
Im going to try this tomorrow but im gunna add ground beef to it hopefully it will taste as good
How would you convert this to using a slow cooker instead of baking
I made this for my grandkids they loved it.
Made this for grandkids they loved it. Will make this again
So glad you liked it!
Thank you for a yummy and simple recipe!
My kids loved this one. Will be making again.