Food for the Family - Pizza Casserole
This is a meal the whole family will enjoy, even the picky eaters. If they like pizza, they will like pizza casserole. And, drum roll please, it's easy to make!
Make One Freeze One
The best part is that this one recipe makes two casseroles. You can have one for dinner tonight and freeze one for later.
Make One Take One
This is my go-to recipe when I want to take a meal to a friend who has been under the weather, especially if they have kids. With this one recipe, you can feed their family and yours.
Great for a Crowd
Recently, some fellow baseball moms (Rhonda, Patty, Doreen, Kathy, Annie) and myself fed around 40 teenage boys and their dads pizza casserole after our winter baseball hitting camp. We received numerous compliments, but the best one was from one of our more “experienced” coaches who proclaimed it one of the best meals he had ever had after hitting camp in the many years he had been volunteering. It’s just that good.
We served our pizza casserole to the ballplayers with cut-up fruit and a veggie tray with dip chosen because it was easy to handle for this event. At home, try a tossed salad and garlic toast. Yummy!
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 jars (28 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta, cooked and drained
1 package (16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
8 ounces sliced pepperoni
In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Stir in spaghetti sauce and pasta.
Transfer to two greased 13-inch x 9-inch baking dishes.
Sprinkle with cheese
Arrange pepperoni over the top. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months.
To use the frozen casserole
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
Makes 2 casseroles, 8-12 servings each