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Pizza Pasta Casserole Obsession ~ Recipe

| March 28, 2014 | 13 Comments
Doesn't it look amazing?

Doesn’t it look amazing?

I am battling back against this never ending winter with good warm comfort food.  I have just discovered the pasta casserole!  I know this is strange and most of you have probably been cooking this for decades…but for me, this is a whole new concept.  It is soooo easy! and so tasty!  This recipe is supposed to serve 6…hahahaha!  It serves 4 in my house because everyone has seconds.  I have started making it in double batches because it freezes perfectly as well.  I found this Betty Crocker recipe and have amended it to suit my tastes…it is just the most amazing meal to come home to on a never ending winter type of day.  Enjoy!

Pizza Pasta Casserole


  • 3 cups uncooked rigatoni pasta
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup sliced green olives
  • 1 jar sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1.5 jars tomato pasta sauce 26 oz (I used the ones filled with vegetables to sneak some extra nutrition in)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese


  1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on the package. (I usually undercook mine by about a minute)
  2. Once you add the pasta to the boiling water, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Brown the ground beef over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain.
  4. In a 2 1/2 quart casserole, mix pasta, beef and remaining ingredients, except cheese.
  5. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with cheese . Bake uncovered about 5 minutes longer.
  6. Makes 4-6 servings.

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I am an active mother of two fabulous kids that make me smile every day. I love to cook old favourites and try out new recipes and never let my kids’ nut and egg allergy get in the way! I am forever dragging my husband all over town to try out the latest and greatest new spots to eat but for the most part I think he’s a willing participant. I would call myself a Foodie but then you would think I was pretentious, so I won't go there. I am an avid reader, pretty much anything I can get my hands on, anytime I can squeeze it in. (Yes that was me you saw reading while I was running on the treadmill at the gym). I love to write and share all my great finds whenever I can! Let’s eat! Author's website.

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  1. DebH says:

    I love pizza & pasta so definitely going to try this one!

  2. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    omg that sounds soooo good!

  3. Laurel says:

    Yum Yum Yum! Can’t wait to try this one out! Looks so delish and not too complicated to make!

  4. Victoria Ess says:

    OMG this is such a good idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rick F says:

    Will definitely have to give this a try.

  6. Nena Sinclair says:

    This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Karen E. Hill says:

    This is to die for! Cant wait to try it

  8. Laurie P says:

    If it wasn’t for the sweltering heat/humidity, I’d have this in the oven today for sure! My guys love a casserole! My mother made a similar version of this last week, but this one looks a little less complicated. Looking forward to trying it, minus the mushrooms though 🙂

  9. Judy Cowan says:

    Nothing like a good pasta dish – comfort food! Thanks for the recipe, it sounds yummy!

  10. kathy downey says:

    Looks delicious,definitely going to try this one!

  11. kathy downey says:

    Thanks,I have made this many times since i read your recipe on this post

  12. Debbie White Beattie says:

    This recipe looks really good, I make something similar and it’s delicious

  13. Wanda Tracey says:

    I love pasta dishes and this one looks and sounds amazing.It will be a must try for me as soon as I can make it.

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