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Midweek Quick and Easy "Pizza" Casserole (Cheap!)

Updated on August 22, 2012

by Shelia Wadsworth

Pasta?
Pasta?
Pizza?
Pizza?

Pizza or Pasta?

Pizza or pasta? Why choose when you can have them both in one easy, inexpensive meal. My family loves this (it's pizza, right?). I, myself, am not much of a pizza person; I prefer to get my carbs from pasta (no, it's pasta!). Whichever way you "slice" it, it is a good, cheap midweek meal to throw together. You can also make it up the night before so that when you get home after a long day you can just put it in the oven and dinner is served in about 30 minutes.I hope your family enjoys this meal (and your time together as a family) as much as mine does!

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz box of your favorite pasta (I typically use rotoli or penne)
  • 2 14 oz jars of your favorite pizza sauce
  • 1 24 oz (or higher) mozzarella, pizza blend or any other cheese you prefer
  • 1 16 oz pepperoni (or any other "toppings" you typically like on pizza)

pasta, pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni  4 simple ingredients
pasta, pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni 4 simple ingredients
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Cook the pastaAdd the sauce and stir Layer in 13 x 9 baking dishLayer the cheese and pepperoniCover with foilBake for 30 minutes
Cook the pasta
Cook the pasta
Add the sauce and stir
Add the sauce and stir
Layer in 13 x 9 baking dish
Layer in 13 x 9 baking dish
Layer the cheese and pepperoni
Layer the cheese and pepperoni
Cover with foil
Cover with foil
Bake for 30 minutes
Bake for 30 minutes

What to do

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Boil your pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan
  3. Add both jars of pizza sauce to the pasta (I also put a little bit of water and swish it around in the jar to get as much of the sauce as I can); stir
  4. Layer half of the saucy pasta in a 13 x 9 baking dish
  5. Layer cheese and pepperoni like on a pizza
  6. Layer the remaining pasta, cheese and pepperoni like above
  7. Cover the baking dish with a piece of aluminum foil
  8. Place casserole in the preheated oven for 30 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and call the family for dinner. You can add a tossed salad or garlic bread. Enjoy!

* A word of caution, when using a glass or pyrex baking dish always place it on a hot pad or trivet. Never put it on the burners or near water as this has been known to shatter the dish.

Time to enjoy a meal together as a family!

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      Rosalie 

      4 years ago from California

      My step mother always cooked this growing up, It was my favorite dish. I would always wait for Friday to roll around because that is when she would normally fix it. I was surprised to see your recipe for it here. I love this stuff! I just fixed it for my kids for the first time about a month ago and they loved it too! Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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