Pizza Casserole

Almost every week our family eats pizza in one form or another. In fact, if I ask my husband what he wants for supper, almost every single time he utters "pizza". 

So to keep it fresh and fun I try to change up our normal pizza into something a little bit different. Sometimes I get a little hesitation from the peanut gallery but I still keep moving forward. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to make sure they eat more than just pizza and chicken nuggets, ya know!  Ingredients to make pizza on a whim is always on hand in my kitchen.  I normally use a spaghetti sauce but daggone it, there wasn't any in the pantry. But there was pizza sauce!  

The pizza sauce lended so much more flavor in the casserole than a spaghetti sauce. I had no idea!!  What I thought was going to be a problem turned out to be the perfect thing that this casserole needed. The family loved it and that made this mom happy. Served with a side salad and some good crusty bread this was the perfect weeknight meal. The best thing though, we had leftovers!  Yep, moma didn't have to cook and no one complained about eating it again! Winner, winner, pizza dinner! 

If your family enjoys pizza as much as mine, give this recipe a try. Hopefully it will be a hit with your family too!  

Pizza Casserole

1 lb Rotini pasta, cooked and drained

1 lb of ground beef, cooked and drained
2 14 oz. jars pizza sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 oz pepperoni, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped (I only had red, yellow, and orange so I mixed a little of each)
1 small onion, diced

Cook and crumble ground beef with peppers and onions until no longer pink and drain. While the ground beef is cooking, cook the Rotini pasta according to package directions and drain. In the pot with the ground beef, add noodles, sauce, and pepperoni until mixed. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Cover with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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