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Pizza Casserole Recipe – Easy Family Favorite

Pizza Casserole with noodles is the definition of delicious comfort food. This family favorite pizza casserole recipe comes together quickly and can be made ahead.

Top down angle view of a plate of pizza casserole topped with pepperoni on a white plate over a green napkin. A pan of the casserole sits in the back.

This Pizza Casserole recipe skips the crust making it a quick and easy recipe for any meal of the week.

We love that this casserole makes a large pan and will feed the heartiest of eaters.

Make it ahead of time and you have a delicious dinner when cooking isn’t the easiest option.

We made our recipe in a large 9×13 pan. The glory of this recipe is that you can fill smaller dishes and freeze them for a rainy day.

Close up view of a Pepperoni Pizza Casserole with the title Pizza Casserole Easy Comfort Food shown on the photo.

Pizza Casserole Recipe Ingredients & Variations

  • Ground Beef – you could easily exchange the beef for sausage or use a combination of the two.
  • Pepperoni – We like a pepperoni pizza but it’s optional.
  • Onion – we usually cook with yellow onions because they become sweeter when cooked. Use what you like such as a white onion or Vadalia.
  • Spaghetti sauce – we used store-bought making this a semi-homemade recipe. You could cook up your favorite sauce recipe, but in my humble opinion, I make this recipe when I’m looking for a quick no-fuss recipe
  • Pizza sauce – you could use all spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce but we like the combination which blends an acidic sauce with a sweeter sauce into a smooth blend.
  • Cheese – we use a blend of mozzarella and cheddar. You could use one, both, or buy a pizza blend.
  • Noodles – we use Kluski noodles. You could substitute with a thick egg noodle or pasta shape of your choice.
  • Vegetables – We used mushrooms but you could change it up by adding your favorite pizza vegetables such as green pepper and olives.

More Pizza Toppings

You can make this Pizza Casserole into your favorite pizza. Here are just a few more topping ideas.

  • Bacon
  • Canadian Bacon (ham)
  • Proscuitto
  • Herbs – sweet basil, thyme, oregano
  • Cheese – goat cheese, asiago, parmesan, Ricotta
  • Red onion

Note: When adding ingredients, you want to make sure you don’t add a lot of liquid.

Some ingredients are loaded with liquid and should be drained before using such as pineapple or canned artichokes.

Top down view of a cheesy casserole topped with pepperoni.

What are Kluski Noodles?

Kluski is a Polish generic term that can mean dumplings, noodles or pasta.

For this recipe, we used a dried Kluski noodle which resembles a thick egg noodle.

We like using Kluski Noodles because they make this a hearty casserole and these noodles are less likely to stick together or clump.

You could use an egg noodle or another shape that you have on hand such as:

  • Penne
  • Fettuccine
  • Rigatoni
  • Macaroni

How to make a Pizza Casserole

  1. Brown the ground beef with the onion and any other vegetables that you will be using. Drain off the fat.
  2. Cook the noodles while the beef browns.
  3. Add the pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce to the cooked ground beef and simmer together.
  4. Layer the following ingredients in a baking dish twice in the following order:
    1. Noodles
    2. Meat sauce
    3. Cheddar Cheese
    4. Mozzarella Cheese
    5. Pepperoni
  5. Bake
Cheese casserole filled with beef and noodles and topped with pepperoni on a white plate over a green napkin.

Make-Ahead and Freezing Instructions

The glory of this recipe is that the ingredients are either already on hand or easy enough to get in a jiffy.

You can also put this casserole together when you have leftover sauce or noodles from another recipe that needs to be used up.

This recipe can be assembled in a freezer-safe and oven-safe container either before or after it’s baked.

We recommend coating your dish with a non-stick cooking spray and then assembling the ingredients. Cover it with plastic wrap and then foil before freezing.

Thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight or leave it out at room temperature until thawed prior to baking. Thawed Pizza Casserole should be stored in the refrigerator until baking.

Top down angle view of a plate of pizza casserole topped with pepperoni on a white plate over a green napkin. A pan of the casserole sits in the back.

Side dishes to serve with Pizza Casserole

What you may need

You don’t need much to make this delicious easy Pizza Casserole with noodles. We used this baking dish which comes with a lid for easy freezing or a make and take dish. We also used a skillet to brown our meat.

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Top down angle view of a plate of pizza casserole topped with pepperoni on a white plate over a green napkin. A pan of the casserole sits in the back.
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5 from 13 votes

Pizza Casserole

Pizza Casserole with noodles is the definition of delicious comfort food. This family favorite pizza casserole comes together quickly and can be made ahead.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 12
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 16 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz pizza sauce
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz mozzarella shredded
  • 16 oz Kluski noodles cooked
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 6 oz pepperoni

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Brown the ground beef with the onion and mushrooms. Drain off the fat.
  • Add the spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce to the beef mixture and simmer together.

Assembly

  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Create two layers in the following order: Noodles topped with sauce, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. Repeat.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 830mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 586IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 3mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Paige

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

I LOVE dinners like this in winter, so cozy and satisfying...this looks awesome!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

It's family favortite comfort food for sure. Thanks, Paige!

Ashley

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Wow! Winner winner casserole dinner!! We loved this recipe—thanks for sharing!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

LOL! Thank you, Ashley!

Sara Welch

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Such a fun twist to pizza! Making this for dinner tonight and my kids couldn't be more excited! Looks delicious!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Thank you, Sara! It's a kiddo favorite!

Jacqueline Meldrum

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

What brilliant idea. I'm going to try and make your recipe veggie. Can't wait.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

That will be delicious too Jacqueline! Thank you!

Mahy

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

One delicious casserole recipe that I need to try before the winter is over. Definitely a family favorite!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Thank you, Mahy. It's the perfect winter recipe.