If you like Italian food at all, you will LOVE this casserole. It is full of yummy goodies like pepperoni, pasta, sausage and cheese. And, best of all, it is a super easy weeknight dinner. All you need to do is make a salad and you have an awesome meal. Of course, I didn’t make a salad. That would be too healthy for us. We just gorged on the pasta and called it a night. Another BIG plus to this casserole is that both of my kids at it. It was a little Christmas miracle. This would be the perfect casserole to take to a potluck because it is so quick and easy and it makes a lot. Enjoy!!
Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
8 ounces (about 3 cups) uncooked spiral pasta
1 pound Italian sausage (casings removed) or ground beef (I used hot turkey Italian sausage)
4 cups spaghetti sauce
1 (4-ounce) can mushrooms, drained (I left these out)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (6-ounce) package sliced pepperoni
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (I used pre-shredded Italian blend cheese)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On the stovetop, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain. Return the pasta to the pot.
- Meanwhile, in a saute pan over medium heat, cook the sausage; drain. Add the sausage, spaghetti sauce and mushrooms to the pasta and stir to combine. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and half the pepperoni slices.
- Spread pasta mixture into a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch pan. Top with the mozzarella cheese. Arrange remaining half of pepperoni slices over top. Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.