This delicious Pizza Pasta Bake takes everything you love about pizza and puts it into casserole form. Use your favorite toppings - we opt for traditional pepperoni - to make an easy meal that the whole family will love!
Optional toppings, like sliced olives, bell peppers, mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, etc.
Preheat oven to 350° and spray a medium baking dish (approx. 2.25 quart / 12.75 x 7.75) casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook your pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, to a large skillet over medium heat, add the ground sirloin and chopped onion and season with Italian seasoning, Montreal steak seasoning, and salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink.
Stir in the spaghetti sauce to the cooked beef. Pour in the cooked and drained pasta and stir to evenly distribute.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, sprinkle with cheese, and arrange pepperoni (& any other toppings) on top
Bake, uncovered, 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Optional: Garnish with parsley, basil or Italian seasoning if desired.
You can very easily double this recipe. I made this batch for our family of four and it makes about six servings. As written, I use a medium baking dish (2.25 quart - 12.75 x 7.75") but if you double, use a 9 x 13.
Freezing: Pizza casserole makes a great freezer meal. Follow all the steps in the recipe up until the point of baking it. Instead, cover and freeze up to 3 months. Once you’re ready to bake it, move the casserole from the freezer to the fridge overnight to partially thaw. When ready, remove the casserole from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350° and bake as directed, increasing the cook time to 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
Reheating: Reheat either in the microwave in individual portions, or place the whole baking dish in the oven until heated through.