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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pizza Pasta Bake

Y'all, this one will please everybody. Most people like pizza, right? This easy recipe takes on a casserole form with pasta and your favorite pizza toppings with gooey melted cheese. I just love cheese!

With the exception of the pasta, pizza sauce & cheese - all of the other ingredients are optional. Why? Because you may like different pizza toppings. If you're a veggie lover, just omit the meats and use your favorite veggies. So you're a meat lover, just leave out the veggies. Basically, just customize this to suit your taste.

Serve with a side salad and maybe some bread sticks and your meal is complete.


  • 1 lb Penne Pasta
  • 1 Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1/4 c Mushrooms, diced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef or Italian Sausage, cooked
  • 4 oz Peppered Salami
  • 4 oz Pepperoni
  • 2 oz Sliced Black Olives
  • 2 13.5 oz Pizza Sauce 
  • 1 c Italian Shredded Cheese Blend
  • 2 c Shredded Mozzarella 

As a time saver, you can prep ahead. I cut up my veggies and sliced up the meats earlier in the day. You could do this the night before, cover and store in the refrigerator. When it's time to cook, all you have to do is cook the pasta, mix it all together and put it in the oven. 

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Cook pasta according to manufacturer directions. Typically, takes about 10 minutes. 

Combine cooked pasta with veggies and meats. Give a quick stir to mix everything together.

Add the pizza sauce and mix to combine. 

My favorite pizza sauce

In a casserole dish, add half of the pasta mixture. Cover with the Italian cheese blend. Add the rest of the pasta mix and top with the shredded mozzarella. It's ready for the oven.

Bake for 25 minutes until cheese is melted and everything is hot and bubbly. 

Leftovers are great the next day! Enjoy y'all! 

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  1. We will just love your Pizza Pasta Bake! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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