Pizza Casserole – to be modified

12 May

So I found this recipe for Pizza Casserole and it sounded just up my alley since, you know, I’m seven years old at heart.  Here the original recipe that I used tonight:

3 cups rigatoni pasta
1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 can (4.5oz) mushroom pieces, drained
1 jar (24-28oz) tomato pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1.  Heat oven to 350.  Cook and drain pasta.

2.  Meanwhile, cook beef thoroughly and drain.

3.  In 2.5 qt (or in my case 9×13) casserole, mix pasta, beef, olives, mushrooms and sauce.  Cover and bake 30 minutes.  Remove, cover with cheese, and bake uncovered for another 5 minutes.

I had some problems with the recipe, though.  (1) I hate ground beef in most things except tacos.  (2) No pepperoni in a pizza casserole?  (3) Not enough cheese!  I used about 1.5 cups instead of the suggested amount.

So the next time I make this, I’m going to substitute the ground beef for some chopped up pepperoni.  I meant to put some in it tonight, but I forgot.  I bought slices though, and I think that smaller cubes would work better in a casserole.  Also, I made a mistake by buying whole olives instead of slices and no way was I going to slice up those olives, so I just threw them in whole.  Next time I will definitely buy sliced because they will spread out more evenly in the casserole.

But, overall, it was pretty good!  By substituting pepperoni in the future I will eliminate an extra dish to wash and cut down the prep time.

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One Response to “Pizza Casserole – to be modified”

  1. alise May 22, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Ohh I think I might try this!

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