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This pizza pasta casserole has all the flavors of pizza you love in casserole form. With tons of mozzarella cheese and lots of cheese strings!

Pizza Pasta Casserole

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


  • 16 oz. penne/ziti/rigatoni pasta
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (15 oz.) fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 6 oz. pepperoni, diced
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped/sliced black olives
  • 23 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Parmesan and parsley/basil for topping


  1. Cook the pasta till just before al dente. Drain and set aside
  2. While pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef over medium high heat until cooked. Spoon out any excess fat and set cooked beef aside
  3. In the same pan, saute onions and garlic in some oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes
  4. Add bell peppers and saute for another 3 minutes until vegetables sweat
  5. Add in beef, fire roasted tomatoes and tomato sauce and bring to a gentle boil
  6. Reduce heat to medium and add in pepperoni, olives, sugar, bouillon cubes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste and red wine (optional)
  7. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes
  8. Combine pasta with pasta sauce and toss to mix
  9. Arrange in a 9×13 casserole dish and top with a thick layer of mozzarella cheese
  10. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until bubbly
  11. For optional more cheese browning, broil in the middle rack at 450 degrees F for 2-3 minutes
  12. Dish and serve hot with Parmesan cheese, parsley or basil