This is my go-to recipe for a quick and easy pizza casserole. It’s perfect for when you’re short on time but still want to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. The best part is that it only requires a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
- Cooking spray
- 16 ounces dry penne pasta
- 8 ounces Italian sausage links (raw or pre-cooked)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 small red onion, chopped
- 4 ounces baby bella mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
- 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
- 24 ounces (2 1/2 cups) storebought or homemade marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil – 1 teaspoon dried oregano – 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese – 4 ounces pepperoni slices
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Fill a large pot with water, season generously with salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta in boiling water according to package instructions until al dente. Strain into a colander placed in the sink and set aside.
- Set sausage links on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut them in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch thick half moons. If using raw sausages, they may fall apart a little and that’s okay.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add the sausage links. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring every 1 to 2 minutes, until evenly browned.
- You won’t need any oil since the sausages will release enough to keep them from sticking to the skillet.
- Turn off heat and tilt the skillet so you can scoop out and discard as much grease as possible with a spoon.
- In the same pot used to cook pasta: add marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried basil, and dried oregano mix with a spoon.
What is a casserole?
A casserole is a dish that usually contains a variety of ingredients, which are baked together in the oven. Casseroles are often made in deep pans or bowls, and can be served as either a main course or a side dish.
What are some popular casseroles?
When it comes to comfort food, few dishes can compare to a hearty casserole. This type of dish is typically made by layering various ingredients in a baking dish and then baking them until they are hot and bubbly. Casseroles are popular because they are usually easy to make and can feed a large crowd. Plus, they often get better as leftovers, so you can enjoy them for days after making them.
Some of the most popular casseroles in the United States include tater tot casserole, breakfast casserole, Mexican beef and rice casserole, taco bake casserole, broccoli casserole, creamy chicken and mushroom casserole, Turkey tetrazzini, chicken spaghetti casserole, pineapple casserole, hash brown chicken jalapeño casserole, sweet potato casserole, cheese crack chicken caseroles. These recipes are all family favorites that are sure to please everyone at the table.
If you’re looking for something new to try or just want some inspiration for your next potluck dinner party or family gathering, be sure to check out some of these delicious recipes.
How do you make a casserole?
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, mix together your desired protein, vegetable, starch, sauce, and topping.
- Pour mixture into a casserole dish.
- Cover the dish and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until ingredients are cooked through.
How do you freeze a casserole with noodles?
- Line your casserole dish with aluminum foil.
- Add a layer of plastic wrap on top of the aluminum foil.
- Freeze the casserole dish for an appropriate amount of time.
Can you freeze a casserole?
You can absolutely freeze a casserole! In fact, many casseroles are actually designed to be made ahead of time and frozen for later. Freezing a casserole is a great way to have a delicious, home-cooked meal on hand without having to spend hours in the kitchen.
Pizza casseroles are especially well suited to freezing. This hearty dish is packed with flavor and will keep you satisfied for hours. Plus, it’s easy to reheat so you can enjoy it anytime, even if you don’t have much time.