Deconstructed Pizza Casserole: a parent’s savior when dinner mayhem strikes.  This is a fast and easy pizza recipe that will have you licking your plate clean!

A plate full of pizza casserole garnished with fresh parsley.

It’s 4:30pm, your stomach is growling and you’re craving pizza hard core. What do you do? Spend $12 on a mediocre pizza, or make an easy (and affordable/budget friendly) pizza casserole at home? Note, a casserole that tastes waaaaay better than take out pizza. #truth.

A close up photo of pizza casserole.

Pizza Casserole Ingredients

To make a deconstructed pizza casserole you’ll need the basic pizza making ingredients:

  • Marinara sauce. You can use legit pizza sauce here if you’d like.
  • Ground beef and ground sausage. Having both meats makes for a better balanced flavor, trust me.
  • Pepperoni!
  • Olives
  • Green bell pepper
  • cheese!
  • A few seasonings for good measure.
  • Pasta of your choice.
  • Optional: mushrooms.

A glass bowl full of ingredients to make pizza casserole; ground meat, green bell peppers, pepperoni, marinara sauce, olives, and seasoning.

How to make deconstructed pizza casserole

First, boil some water and cook the pasta.

Pro tip: cook the pasta 2 minutes under al dente. Before you throw away the pasta box/bag, look at the recommended boiling time. Choose the shortest time and boil for 2 minutes less. Here’s an example: if it suggests you cook 11-12 minutes for al dente, only cook the pasta for 9 minutes.

While the pasta is boiling, brown the ground beef, sausage, and onion. Add the garlic and transfer the meat mixture to a large bowl.

To that bowl add the cooked and drained pasta, marinara, chopped peppers, olives, pepperoni, and seasonings.

Penne pasta noodles mixed into marinara sauce and pizza toppings for pizza casserole recipe.

You can’t forget cheese. Add lots of shredded mozzarella cheese to the bowl! Mix it in real good.

Pizza pro tip: you can add mushrooms to this pizza casserole. I left them out because my husband’s not a fan. You can add mushrooms, banana peppers, more olives, more pepperoni… whatever makes your heart sing.

A white casserole dish full of pizza casserole.

Assemble the Casserole

Now that all of the ingredients are mixed together, transfer it to a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish and then cover with shredded mozzarella.

Cover with tin foil and bake for 10-15 minutes then remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is nice and bubbly.

Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

A white casserole dish full of pizza casserole and topped with shredded mozzarella cheese.

This is a large pizza casserole that will feed up to 8 people. We have a small family and we were able to enjoy this for 2 days. P.S. the leftovers taste amazing!

There were zero complaints about “leftovers” for dinner the following day.

Baked pizza casserole garnished with fresh parsley.

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Pizza Casserole

This pizza casserole is loaded with pepperoni, olives, sausage, and cheese! It tastes just like a pizza... maybe even better!
prep time 15 mins
cook time 30 mins
total time 45 mins
servings: 8 servings
calories: 607kcal
author: Whitney

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 oz pasta
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb regular sausage
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 3-4 oz pepperoni cut in half
  • 1/2 green bell pepper medium chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives
  • 24 oz marinara sauce or pizza sauce
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, cooking 1-2 minutes under al dente. Drain. 
  • In a skillet brown the ground beef, sausage, and onion. Drain grease. Add the minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. 
  • Transfer the cooked meat mixture to a large bowl. Add the pepperoni, bell pepper, olives, marinara sauce, oregano, and basil. Add the cooked noodles and stir to combine. 
  • Add 2 cups of shredded mozzarella and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Pour the mixture into a buttered 13x9 inch baking dish. 
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese overtop of the noodles. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes or until the cheese is bubbling. 
  • Remove from oven and serve. 
Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1274mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 15.8% | Vitamin C: 15.5% | Calcium: 29.8% | Iron: 17.9%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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