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Pizza Surprise!

Updated on November 9, 2014

An easy, cool meal for kids (and grown-ups) to enjoy making & eating!

My children love to cook ~ hmmm, or maybe they just like to make a mess in the kitchen! Finding something that is easy for them to make that everyone will eat though can be a challenge sometimes with their differing tastes. Well, here is their number one meal that they all enjoy making and eating! It is easy to make and very economical for family budgeting. I hope your family will have fun using their creativity to make this delicious dish!

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Family Friendly Recipe

Pizza Surprise!

How can I make "Pizza Surprise"?

Cooking Ingredients & Directions

One of my kids' favorite meals to prepare and eat is our own version of a meal they love from a local summer camp they have attended! It has some ingredients similar to pizza, but has a little "twist" to it!


1 pound box of pasta

(We like to use the twisted swirl shaped ones, but you could use any shape you prefer!)

32 ounce jar of spaghetti or pizza sauce

8 ounces of mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

4 - 8 ounces of pepperoni

Optional Ingredients:

cooked sausage - ham - olives - onions - mushrooms - peppers - your favorite pizza toppings!

Directions: Children: Please get your parent's permission

before ever using the oven or stove. Have an adult helper nearby.

1 - Prepare the pasta as directed on the box.

2 - Drain the pasta, then place into a large casserole dish. (Careful, the steam is very hot.)

3 - Pour the sauce over the pasta and mix thoroughly.

4 - My children disagree about this next step, so I will tell you both and you can decide how you would like yours!

a) Pour all of the cheeses and other toppings into the casserole dish and stir everything. (OR)

b) Layer your toppings on top of the pasta like you would toppings on a pizza.

5 - With your adult helper's assistance, place the dish into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (or until the cheese is melted).

6 - Ask your helper to remove your Pizza Surprise meal from the oven and enjoy!

7 - Make a different surprise next time by trying new toppings!

Pyrex Simply Store 10-Piece Glass Food Storage Set with Blue Lids
Pyrex Simply Store 10-Piece Glass Food Storage Set with Blue Lids
I have used a similar set to this from Pyrex for years for our casseroles! They are great to use for mixing ingredients, baking casseroles in the oven, storing leftovers in the fridge or freezer, warming-up in the microwave, and cleaning up easily in the dishwasher. Since we have different tastes in the family, sometimes I use more than one bowl in our set to mix and bake our pizza surprise meal. For instance, since one member of the family can not eat dairy, we make a smaller bowl without cheese while a bigger bowl has all of the toppings. Another bowl and lid may be used for your salad or dessert to make them up ahead of time or to save extra for another meal. (They come in red, also, but I liked the blue for my kitchen.)

What else can I serve with my meal?

Extras for your dinner!

Side Salad: I give each of my children a night where they can plan a meal of their choice. They easily pick out the main course, but many times conveniently "forget" about including vegetables. Depending on how many veggies you decided to include in your pizza surprise, you may not want an additional vegetable. If you do want more though, a tossed salad is a great compliment to this meal. Young children may "prepare" a salad with one of those lovely pre-made bags of salad. Older children may want to cut up their own veggies, of course, with their adult helper.

Beverage: How about a glass of milk for everyone, or since there is dairy with the cheese, maybe a cool fruit juice? We always drink quite a bit of water with everything, too.

Dessert: Make some jello and serve with a scoop of whipped cream! (Don't forget to make it a few hours before dinner as it takes awhile to set firmly.)

My A to Z Recipe Box: An Alphabet of Recipes for Kids
My A to Z Recipe Box: An Alphabet of Recipes for Kids
This adorable box contains 26 durable, laminated recipe cards featuring the letters of the alphabet. Each card has a delicious recipes that kids will enjoy making. The cards may be used as dividers for other recipes in the future. My kids used to create letter meals when they were young where everything in the meal would contain a certain letter. It makes a fun way to plan your meals and reinforce their reading and measurement skills at the same time!

Vote for your favorite!

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Have fun creating your pizza surprise!

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    • LornsA178 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      We have pizza night every week, my daughter just love cheese pizza. Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      "An easy, cool meal for kids"

      I like your approach!

      Since high school I'm a big pizza fan. Unfortunately, the original delicious Pizza Napolitana can be made only in wood-fired oven.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @asiliveandbreathe: Cool! I'll check it out for my kiddos. =D Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      Your recipe sounds delicious and easy. Lensrolled to my "Meal of the Month Part 3" where I have a simple 'pizza' recipe that the children can help with.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @insolvelipe: We'll have to do some experimenting in the coming year to see what we can come up with for tasty recipes! Thanks for visiting! =D

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      9 years ago

      I like the Squidoo Lens you have created, can you please add some additional Italian Pizza Recipes, in addition to extra meat recipes, see what you and your children can come up with.

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      10 years ago

      This sounds yummy and fun, I am going to give this a try. Thank you

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      10 years ago

      Thanks. I have a young family member staying with me this weekend and a lot of the info you have here will be very useful.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Senora M: Great! Hope you like it as much as we do! =D

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      Senora M 

      10 years ago

      That's cool! Thanks for sharing!! I like your lens lots. It sounds good. Might need to make it!

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      10 years ago

      Yum. Shades of Camp Sankanac for Pizza Surprise. This is a standard meal at our house. Thumbs up, Liked and lensrolled! Good Job Pamela.

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      10 years ago

      Mmmm. If I had it to do over again, I would have let my children get more involved in the kitchen, messes and all. Yummy sounding recipe.

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      10 years ago

      Have to remember to try this one with my granddaughter who loves to cook with me! In the meantime, you have made me hungry.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      10 years ago

      Always ready for pizza! Lovely lens

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      This sounds wonderful! I had a pasta casserole at a friends house one night that was probably similar to this recipe. Would you believe she refused to share her recipe? She said it was her grandmothers recipe. Now, I completely understand wanting to keep family traditions and secret recipes, but please don't serve it to me if you won't share the recipe :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      10 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm, I'm ready for my pizza surprise!

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      10 years ago

      I love pizza and surprises so I love this lens!

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      10 years ago

      Looks very yummy and easy!

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      This looks great but what I loved was the derivation of "pizza" from "pita" - word origins are my favorite stuff!


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