Monday, August 13, 2012

Pizza Pasta Bake

I've been in a pizza mood lately.  I've been craving pizza and anything that tastes like pizza.  Did you catch the Pizza Pasta Salad from last week?  And now I'm sharing another pizza-inspired recipe: Pizza Pasta Bake.  It's so fun to make recipes like this because it is just a small twist on the usual pasta dishes.  So you can make an easy dish but put a fun spin on it that your whole family can really enjoy.  And if you have leftovers, it's a great dish to reheat at work the next day.  Feel free to customize this with other favorite pizza toppings.  Well..except for maybe pineapple or anchovies...I'm not sure I'd go there. 
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 (14 oz.) jar pizza sauce
3/4 cup water
3 cups rotini pasta (measure before cooking)
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided use
36 slices pepperoni, divided use

Cook pasta according to package directions.
Drain pasta well. 
Brown ground beef with onion, garlic and Italian seasoning.
(Start preheating your oven to 350F degrees)
 Drain excess grease from ground beef.
In a large bowl, mix together pizza sauce and water.
 Add in cooked pasta, 1 1/2 cups mozarella cheese, and 20 slices of pepperoni (that have been sliced in half). 
 Stir well.
Spray 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour in pasta mixture.
 Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
Place remaining pepperoni slices on top.
Cover with aluminum foil. Note: I like to spray the inside of the aluminum foil with nonstick spray so the cheese doesn't stick to it while baking.   Or you can use that new nonstick aluminum foil they have out now.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Remove aluminum foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes (until cheese is melted).
Serve with a crisp green salad and garlic toast - yum!
Cook's Notes: You can substitute the jar of pizza sauce & water for one jar of spaghetti sauce. Have fun with this dish and add more of your favorite pizza toppings like mushrooms & green peppers!

Printable Recipe Here


Anonymous said...

Thanks looks awesome. Will be trying this very soon.

Kate H.( said...

Yum! I love pizza!!!

ITheeCook said...


Medeja said...

Pizza is good. Pasta is good. Pizza Pasta is awesome! :)

The Better Baker said...

MMMM Brandie! This looks soo good. I use to make a very similar dish years ago...recipe has been lost in my files for many years, so thank you very much for sharing this one. We will be trying it soon. The recipe I use to make was cooked in the crockpot....what a great combination of YUM.

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Mmmm...all my favorite yummy flavors together!

Angie said...

This will be on my dinner plate today....Just went to the freezer for ground beef....YUMMMMY!

Linda Stuckey said...

I just love your recipes, and of all the ones I've tried, they've all been hits! I like that most use ingredients we already have on hand. I can't wait to try this one! Thank your site!

Angie said...

I made this today. We loved it! I had fun with the toppings and added green pepper . Definitely a keeper!

Anonymous said...

Making this tonight

Sarah E. said...

I like that you did seasoning on top - I will have to try that next time I make it (I have a similar recipe). I love your pictures!

Debra Kapellakis said...


Sabrina Bacon said...

Tried this tonight for dinner and everyone loved it. Substituted the garlic for garlic powered sense my husband is not a garlic fan.

Gabrielle munoz said...

Hello, I absolutely love your blog, I went shopping to buy all the ingredients to a lot of your recipes. The olive garden dressing is spot on.

I was wondering if you post how many servings a recipe makes, we are a family of six and I almost always have to double or even triple them. Thank you for your time.

Anonymous said...

That looks so good! I make something like this but on the stove and without the ground beef. I could eat the whole skillet by myself. I will have to make this one day.

Ronald Wise said...

It smells soooo good it is in the oven right now just waiting to try it but if it tastes like it smells then it is going to be delicious yummmm

Anonymous said...

If you like pizza toppings or pizza lasagna, this is your dish. I absolutely love it!

Anonymous said...

Forgot to add, I didn't care for the prego pizza sauce. It was awesome despite that so I'll try it with another type next time ^_^

Anneka said...

My family enjoyed this meal! I made it without the ground beef and onion, but added olives. What a great way to use my leftover pizza sauce (why do they put so much in the jar?! I only used 1/2-3/4 of it!). Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This is one of my family's favorites! Thanks for all of the great recipes! Keep it comin'!

scmom (Barbara) said...

Just made this recipe for dinner -- it's in the oven. Just FYI, the recipe never states what to do with the meat, though I figured I needed to stir it into the pasta and sauce. I was working from the printed version so I didn't have a visual reference.

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you I made this for my husband, I'm trying new things. HE LOVED IT! He never says anything about what I make. He tells everyone that comes to our house about this. AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

Anonymous said...

Im more of a baker but i MUST try this! Making it for dinner today. Adding pizza crust to the bottom as well. Cant wait!