Pizza Pasta Casserole

Pizza Pasta Casserole ~ Everything you love on a pizza, but tossed in noodles. Cooked and on your table within 30 minutes. What’s not to love?  

Pasta Pizza Casserole ~ mykitchencraze.com ~ This casserole is everything you'd want in a pizza minus the crust. Cooked and on your table within 30 minutes. The family will love this pasta dish.

I love pizza just like anyone else, but I get tired of the same old toppings and greasy feeling after I eat pizza. Since we’re a pasta or enchilada eaten family, I knew this would be a hit in our house. I’ve seen numerous pizza pasta recipes around the web, but I wanted to make mine the way I like my pizza.

Pepperoni, bell peppers and onions…Yum! Nothing more, nothing less. Sean and I have tried other toppings, but we always go back to those three. I guess you could say we are a creature of habit.

Pasta Pizza Casserole ~ mykitchencraze.com ~ This casserole is everything you'd want in a pizza minus the crust. Cooked and on your table within 30 minutes. The family will love this pasta dish.

Since we can’t eat pizza every night of the week (well I guess you could, but that’s not very healthy) I wanted to make something that reminded us of our favorite pizza, but wasn’t as greasy. It does have carbs, so I guess I’m swapping out oil for carbs. But hey wait one sec. Pizza has carbs too, so I’m still up in the pasta vs pizza category.

Pasta Pizza Casserole ~ mykitchencraze.com ~ This casserole is everything you'd want in a pizza minus the crust. Cooked and on your table within 30 minutes. The family will love this pasta dish.

This pasta is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. It comes together within 30 minutes and tastes amazing as leftovers. When we’re having a particular long week, I’ll make this pasta and we’ll eat it two to three times within the week. It’s just that good.

Pasta Pizza Casserole ~ mykitchencraze.com ~ This casserole is everything you'd want in a pizza minus the crust. Cooked and on your table within 30 minutes. The family will love this pasta dish.

I did add a little basil for color and because basil is really growing on me lately. Oh man have you guys ever had a caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes? Oh my goodness it’s divine. I could live off caprese salad some days. Just throw some wine into the mix and I’m set. Sorry I went off on a little tangent there. Let’s get back to this recipe.

Pasta Pizza Casserole ~ mykitchencraze.com ~ This casserole is everything you'd want in a pizza minus the crust. Cooked and on your table within 30 minutes. The family will love this pasta dish.

You can make this with your favorite toppings, but I can’t promise it will be done within the 30 minutes. But give it a try my way, then try it with your favs.

Pasta Pizza Casserole
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 14 ounce small pasta shells
  • 1 pound italian turkey meat
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 red and green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 2/3 cup canned petite diced italian tomatoes
  • 28 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 4-6 oz basil
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 4 – 6 oz pepperoni
  • garnish: basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, run under cold water for a few seconds to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, add the ground turkey, Italian seasoning, onions and bell peppers. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring and breaking up meat as you go. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Drain any excess oil and return to skillet.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and basil (you could stir in some extra pepperoni if you’d like). Stir in cooled pasta.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle with mozzarella then layer pepperoni on top.
  7. Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
  9. Add spaghetti sauce, pepperoni, red pepper flakes (optional) and mix well. Heat over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Add in pastas, sausage and Parmesan cheese.
  10. In a square 9×13 baking dish, spray with cooking spray and place pasta in dish. Layer with remaining Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella and pepperoni. Place baking dish under broiler until cheese is brown and bubbly. Sit for 5 minutes, then serve!

Pasta Pizza Casserole ~ mykitchencraze.com ~ This casserole is everything you'd want in a pizza minus the crust. Cooked and on your table within 30 minutes. The family will love this pasta dish.

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