Pizza Casserole

Easy to make for a weeknight meal and super tasty, pizza casserole is a kid-friendly dish the whole family will love.Yummmmmmm! This pizza casserole is SO good and so versatile! Just like pizza, you can vary the topping ingredients to anything you like. It’s also a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. Sometimes, I make itย a little healthier by adding a bunch of chopped spinach to the bottom layer of sauce! No one seems to notice. So it was great to add some extra veggies that way.

This is also a great make ahead or freezer meal. Sometimes instead of making one big one casserole, I make this in two smaller square pans instead. Bake one for dinner one night and pop the other one in the freezer. You can also just double the recipe and do the same thing in 2 larger pans if you’d like. SOOoooo easy to do and I love having meals already prepared that I can just pop in the oven to heat up again. Note – if you are going to freeze, do not bake first. Just prepare and freeze. Then bake when the day you’d like to eat it!

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Pizza Casserole Recipe


1 – 2 jars red pasta sauce (just depending on how “saucy” you like it)

1 box penne pasta (cooked & drained)

2 – 3 Cups mozzarella cheese

1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese

Pizza Toppings of your choice (we used pepperonis & black olives–about 30 pepperonis and 1 can of olives)


1. Spread a thin layer of sauce along the bottom of a pan (might be beneficial to spray with cooking spray first)

2. Place 1/2 the pasta noodles on top of the sauce.

3. Arrange half of your pizza toppings on top of the noodles (for us, that was olives & pepperonis).

4. Top that layer with mozzarella. I used a little less than half so that the top would be a little more cheesy!

5. Continue layering with the other half of the ingredients. Top the whole thing with the remaining mozzarella & sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.

6. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes (until the cheese is bubbly & the top layer starts browning just a bit). You can cover with foil for the first part & then uncover. Though the last time I made this, I skipped the foil and it came out just fine.

A fun alternative to pizza!

What would you put in YOUR pizza casserole?

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  1. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I made it for dinner tonight and despite making a decent size pan of it, have very little leftover. My husband and son both wanted not just seconds, but thirds. Thirds! That never happens! A++ recipe.

  2. Katie says

    This looks SO GOOD!!! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!!! P.S. Spinach is an awesome idea! I love putting spinach on pizza! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      Diabetes? Whoa that seems a bit harsh. I don’t think this has any more carbs than a deep dish pizza. If you wanted to make it a bit healthier you could use whole wheat pasta, low fat cheese and turkey pepperoni. Hey you could even eliminate the pepperoni and veggie it up with onions, mushrooms, olives, and peppers.

      I’m making this (as is, minus the olives) to bring to a potluck at church tomorrow.

      Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Hi Jenna! I usually thaw it out a bit in the fridge first & then bake it at the same temperature. I don’t remember on baking time though. Since everything is already cooked, you basically just need to bake until the cheese is bubbly & it’s warmed through.

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      Haha, Debbie! Hope that’s a good thing! It’s such an easy thing to make and super versatile too! Enjoy!

  3. G-mom says

    This looks like something my grandkids might like, except they don’t all like the some toppings. I think I would present them with the sauced pasta in individual casseroles, and have bowls of different toppings for them to make up their own individual pizza casseroles (make-your-own-pizza casserole). Looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says

      That’s a great idea! A “make your own mini-pizza casserole” bar! Really, that’s the beauty of pizza and this casserole version–you can mix in just about anything you’d like! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!


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