Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

An easy dish that combines pasta and pizza and filled with browned ground beef, savory pepperoni and loads of cheese that will be ready on the table in 30 minutes.

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

8 ounce rotini pasta (or any medium-size pasta)
1 pound ground beef or sausage
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
32 slices pepperoni (approx. 2 oz)
1 (14-ounce) jar pizza sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided use
    Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease a 9x113-inch baking dish and set aside.
    Cook the pasta 2 minutes less than package directions call for. (It it will continue to cook in the oven). Drain and return to pot.
    While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the beef and onions until beef is browned and no longer pink and onions are softened. Drain any excess fat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    Set half the pepperoni aside and cut the remaining half into chunks. Add them into beef mixture. Stir in pizza sauce and Italian seasoning.
    Add pasta and beef mixture in baking dish and gently mix to combine. Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese. Place remaining pepperoni slices on top of the cheese.
   Bake uncovered in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the top is a light, golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes and then enjoy!


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