Looking for a fun and tasty weeknight meal? Make this family-friendly pizza casserole. With ingredients like Italian sausage, pepperoni and bell peppers, this dish features the best of a classic "meat lover's pizza." It's also ideal for satisfying that pizza craving when you don't have a crust—or simply don't feel like making one! Read on to make it yourself.
Things You'll Need
1 pound Italian sausage or ground meat of choice
1 medium bell pepper, deseeded and diced
1 medium onion, deseeded and diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups pasta or pizza sauce
2.25-ounce can sliced olives (optional)
1/2 cup chopped ham, plus more for topping
3 ounces pepperoni
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
16 ounces pasta of choice
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 3-quart casserole dish.
In a large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil. Cook the bell peppers and onions for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Remove the sausage from their casings and add to the skillet. Cook for 10 minutes or until no longer pink, using a spatula to break up the meat.
Set aside about 20 pieces of pepperoni for the topping. Chop the rest of the pepperoni.
To the skillet, add the sauce, chopped pepperoni, diced ham and olives. Mix well. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce is thick.
While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to the package's directions. Drain well.
Carefully add the pasta to the sauce and stir. If your skillet isn't big enough, you can add the sauce to the pot of pasta instead.
To the greased casserole dish, add half of the pasta. Top with half of the shredded cheese.
Add the remaining pasta, then top with the remaining cheese. Top with chopped ham and pepperoni.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and pepperoni is slightly crispy.
Serve with a side salad or garlic bread. Enjoy!