Pizza Casserole

Is it just me or does ordering pizza seem to have gotten way too expensive!  I remember in college, we'd order and share a large pizza for around $15.00, seems now a large somehow gets to be like $20 plus dollars, with a coupon and not including a tip!  (I suspect gas is the reason it is more expensive). And it takes 30 - 45 minutes to get to your door.  Well, I can make something in that time! If we have a hankering for Pizza I make this casserole, Pepperoni Pizzazz, and like all casseroles it is even better the next day.

This is one our new family favorite recipes I found in a Taste Of Home magazine.  I now have our cabinets stocked with the ingredients for a quick and easy go-to recipe (its also one you can make the night before and pop in the oven when you're ready).  I've modified it a bit for our tastes, such as:
  • I use Newman's Own Sockaroom; it's an all natural veggie compote that is divine (I use it my lasagna, the spaghetti sauce base etc)

  • I also add more of the red pepper flakes than the recipe calls for (we like our food spicy)

  • I'm thinking next time I may add some black olives to it (I love black olives on my pizza)

Look at that!  Loaded with pepperoni, mushrooms, cheese, green peppers and lots of flavor - I'm drooling writing about it!

The kids loved it, Grandma took some home with her and asked for the recipe and even Ben (who is forever on a health kick) went back for seconds and ate it the next day!  Yes it is that good!

Pizza Casserole

Recipe by Taste of Home

Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 45 Minutes
Total time: 55 Minutes
  • 8oz Uncooked Penne Pasta
  • 3 1/2 Cups Spaghetti Sauce, divided
  • 1 pkg (8oz) Sliced Pepperoni
  • 1 jar (4.5 oz) Sliced Mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Green Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/8 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 can (8oz) Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Cups (8oz) Shredded Part-skim Mozzarella Cheese

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