Like baked ziti crossed with pepperoni pizza, this Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole is so hearty, satisfying, and filling. It’s a crowd-pleaser, and conveniently feeds a crowd! We love this Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole for weekend treat meals.
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TGIF! So happy it’s the weekend. My quality of sleep this week was awful, and I can’t wait to sleep in tomorrow. By sleep in, I hope that I’ll get to 8:30 or 9am.
Even when I need sleep desperately, I can’t sleep in. I’ve lost the ability. Doesn’t it suck being an adult sometimes? We run around in constant states of sleep deprivation, right?
Other than lots of shuteye, I have to research new air conditioners because our AC unit is on the fritz, and I have a nail in one of my tires, and I’m also looking into mortgage interest rates. That’s my weekend plans. I LOVE adulting. It’s sooo fun. 🙂
What do you have going on this weekend?? I hope your plans are more exciting than mine, and if they are, can I come?
The highlight will likely end up being this Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole. 😉
I have some baking planned for Sunday, and besides this Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole, I’m making this Bacon Spinach Mushroom Quiche Pie (a brunch fave!), and it includes some variations on this Peanut Butter Pie recipe.
At least I have all of that to look forward to. Baked goods in my future = good weekend. The weather looks promising for a few bike rides too, so those are the gold linings.
Anyway, here’s what’s happening for dinner… Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole. I will always be a casserole person. They are generally really easy (throw all ingredients together, stir, bake), and they are complete meals. Everything you want is in one dish. Sure, you can make a side or get a salad together, but do you need to? Nope. Casseroles for life.
This Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole is a few steps more than mixing up a bunch of stuff. The pasta does need boiled first, and the sirloin needs browned with the chopped onion. But then, you slap it altogether, and bake it.
This Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole is almost like baked ziti crossed with pizza. The bottom layer is an ultra-cheesy pasta bake, a la baked ziti, but less red sauce…. other than what seeps down from the next layer. Because the next layer is a meat sauce. Ground sirloin, onion, and red sauce.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly: pepperoni and more cheese. You know, like pizza.
This is pizza casserole is not health food, but I think you got then when the word “cheese” kept reappearing in the ingredient list. But when do you relax and treat yourself when it comes to food? The weekend, yes? This Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole is your weekend treat meal, and it’s going to be so filling and satisfying, it will be worth it!
Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe
- 1 - 16 oz. box spiral pasta
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 lbs. ground sirloin
- 1 large onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 - 15 oz. cans pizza sauce or pasta sauce
- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 eggs
- 1 - 15 oz. container ricotta cheese
- 1 c. milk
- 1/2 c. grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 - 6 oz. package sliced pepperoni
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box, and drain.
Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven over medium heat, combine the butter, sirloin, onion, and garlic.
Cook and stir until meat is browned. Drain any liquid from the pan.
Add the pizza sauce, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning.
Remove from heat, and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together eggs, ricotta cheese, milk, and Parmesan cheese.
Add the pasta to the egg and cheese mixture, and stir gently to coat.
Transfer the pasta to a lightly greased 3-quart baking dish or 9x13-inch baking dish.
Spoon the beef and sauce mixture evenly over the pasta.
Scatter half the pepperoni slices over the beef mixture.
Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.
Scatter remaining pepperoni slices over the mozzarella cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Remove foil and continue baking for another 20-30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden.
Cut and serve.
Some of my other favorite easy dinner recipes on the blog are my Grandma’s Soup-to-Nuts Casserole, which is a beef and pasta dish and an all-in-one meal, and a few slow-cooker chicken recipes, like this Slow-Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken and Slow-Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken!