Sunday, October 30, 2011

Weekend Cooking - Pizza Casserole

Browsing my newest addiction, Pinterest, I've come into contact with some other folks, their ideas, and very importantly, their recipes!! 

In my new quest to feed my family healthy quick meals that don't burst my budget, I've been drawn to more casseroles and other one dish or crock-pot meals...meals that can be paired with a green salad and maybe another veggie if picky eaters are present at the table.  

One particular recipe that caught my eye recently on a blog called For Mamas By a Mama is called Pizza Casserole.  

This dish is similar to a dish one of my childhood friend's sister-in-law used to make. There are some differences in the recipe, but I was curious enough to give it a try...meat, noodles, spaghetti sauce, cheese, and pepperoni??  
How could that go wrong for a weeknight, one dish meal that satisfies the masses?

It didn't. :) 

I forgot to take a picture of the finished casserole until a few had already been served :/

This is a pretty basic casserole, and the taste was VERY similar to the casserole I remember eating frequently in my pre-teen years.  The only changes I would make to the recipe next time is to decrease the amount of noodles and increase the amount of cheese.   I would also love to experiment with the spaghetti sauce, make some of my own maybe, add onions and garlic...I would only make those changes as a matter of personal preference though, not bc there's anything wrong with the recipe as it is.  

This is a large casserole too...5 of us ate it for dinner Sunday night, my oldest daughter took a container with her back to the dorm, and I took a container with me to work for lunch.  There's still a container in the fridge as well :)  The recipe would be a good one for pot-luck...or maybe halved, with one half frozen for next time.

The exact recipe is available through the link for Pizza Casserole above.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth F. Reads.


  1. Mmmmm. That looks yummy. Adding it to my ever growing list of recipes to try. It may take me thirty more years to make my way through them all!!

  2. I agree that it would be good for a pot luck. It looks like it'd be easy to cut the recipe in half to make it a better match for smaller families.

  3. Since we eat pizza at LEAST once a week, how could we not love this recipe? Thanks for linking to it, along with your changes!

  4. I am a big fan of one-pot meals :)

    This looks delicious (I'd have to leave out the meat), but I'm not sure my husband and I would be able to finish this in a week, lol.

  5. This looks so good! And it's exactly the thing I'd love to have for leftovers the next day!

  6. Looks great! Of course, I'd eat anything with pepperoni layered on the top of it!

  7. Oh, this looks so good, and I bet it's something that my family would love! Thanks for the idea, and I agree with Rose: how can you go wrong with anything that is layered with pepperoni on top? Thanks for sharing this!

  8. I've got this one pinned on Pinterest and would like to make it in coming weeks. I think I would decrease the meat a bit and add more veggies -- make it like a supreme pizza instead of a pepperoni pizza. :D

  9. Thanks for sharing. It was a hit last night.