Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole – pizza and pasta combined to make one amazing dinner the whole family will enjoy! Spaghetti, sausage, spaghetti sauce, pepperoni, and cheese. Can use any of your favorite pizza topping on top of the casserole. Get creative! You can make the casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Serve with garlic bread and a salad for a super easy meal that is better than a restaurant!

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Easy Baked Spaghetti with Pepperoni

This Pizza Spaghetti Casserole combines my two favorite foods – pizza and pasta. I made this for dinner the other night and we devoured it! I reheated the leftovers for lunch and they were equally delicious (if not better). My favorite part about this recipe is the crispy pepperoni on top! YUM! Serve this with some garlic bread and a salad for a restaurant-quality meal.

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How to Make Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

This casserole is very easy to make. Start with cooking the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, cook the sausage until no longer pink. Quickly cook some pepperoni until it starts to get crispy. Spread the cooked spaghetti in the bottom of a baking dish. Top the pasta with the sausage. Pour spaghetti sauce over sausage and top with some pepperoni. Top the pepperoni with cheese and finish the casserole with some more pepperoni slices. Cover the casserole and bake. Remove the foil and bake until the cheese is nice and bubbly.

Tips for Making Baked Spaghetti

  • I used a roll of Jimmy Dean sausage. I also use Johnsonville Italian sausage.
  • You can substitute turkey sausage or ground beef for pork sausage.
  • Feel free to use whole wheat pasta in this casserole.
  • Can use regular or turkey pepperoni in this dish.
  • I used a package of Italian cheese blend. Feel free to use any cheese you prefer.
  • This is a great dish to add all of your favorite pizza toppings – onions, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms. Anything goes! Throw them on top with the pepperoni or instead of pepperoni.
  • My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • Can Spaghetti Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Can Spaghetti Casserole be frozen? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and freeze for later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below.
  • You can freeze the baked casserole. To reheat, thaw and reheat in the microwave or in the oven. To reheat in the oven, thaw, and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake at 350ºF for 30 to 45 minutes, until warm throughout.
  • This makes a lot of pasta. Feel free to split the casserole between two pans. Bake one and freeze one for later.
scooping pepperoni spaghetti casserole from baking dish

What to Serve with Baked Spaghetti Casserole

As I said, this casserole was a huge hit at our house. We’ve made it several times and just can’t get enough of it. This is a great dish for a potluck or a home-cooked meal to take to a friend. We usually serve this pasta with garlic bread and a salad. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this yummy spaghetti:

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plate of pizza spaghetti with pepperoni

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Pizza Spaghetti Casserole – pizza and pasta combined to make one amazing dinner the whole family will enjoy! Spaghetti, sausage, spaghetti sauce, pepperoni, and cheese. Can use any of your favorite pizza topping on top of the casserole. Get creative! You can make the casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Serve with garlic bread and a salad for a super easy meal that is better than a restaurant! #casserole #spaghetti #sausage #pepperoni #pizza

Ingredients:

  • 12 -oz uncooked spaghetti
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 (1-lb) package mild ground pork sausage
  • 1 (5-oz) package turkey pepperoni slices (use as much as desired)
  • 1 (26-oz) jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (8-oz) package shredded Italian three-cheese blend

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cook spaghetti with 1/2 tsp. salt according to package directions. Drain well, and place in prepared baking dish.
  • Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain fat and set aside. Wipe skillet clean. Add pepperoni, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for 3 or 4 minutes or until slightly crisp.
  • Top spaghetti in the baking dish with sausage; pour pasta sauce over sausage. Arrange half of the pepperoni slices evenly over pasta sauce. Sprinkle evenly with cheeses. Arrange remaining half of pepperoni slices evenly over cheese.
  • Cover with nonstick or lightly greased aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes; remove foil, and bake 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted and just begins to brown.

Notes:

  • I used a roll of Jimmy Dean sausage. I also use Johnsonville Italian sausage.
  • You can substitute turkey sausage or ground beef for pork sausage.
  • Feel free to use whole wheat pasta in this casserole.
  • Can use regular or turkey pepperoni in this dish.
  • I used a package of Italian cheese blend. Feel free to use any cheese you prefer.
  • This is a great dish to add all of your favorite pizza toppings – onions, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms. Anything goes! Throw them on top with the pepperoni or instead of pepperoni.
  • My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and freeze for later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below.
  • You can freeze the baked casserole. To reheat, thaw and reheat in the microwave or in the oven. To reheat in the oven, thaw, and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake at 350ºF for 30 to 45 minutes, until warm throughout.
  • This makes a lot of pasta. Feel free to split the casserole between two pans. Bake one and freeze one for later.

Steph

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Comments

  1. I like this idea, but I would add sauteed mushrooms, onions and green pepper into the casserole. I might also toss the spaghetti layer with garlic herb butter especially if I was going to freeze it.
    Thanks for the inspiration! Love your blog.

  2. Steph…your blog is amazing! I wanted to let you know of something I do that you might like. I take pepperoni slices, place them on a paper towel lined (I used about 3-4 paper towels) microwave-safe plate and nuke them in the microwave for approx 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until crispy…these are delish added on a pizza, in a salad, in a pasta dish or for just plain old snacking. Thanks for sharing your recipes & blog with us!

  3. I've got this baking in the oven. I think it's gonna be a winner…thanks for sharing.

    Btw, happy birthday! 🙂
    ~ingrid

  4. This sounds really good, too! We just had pasta a coupla nights ago but I'm thinking next week! 🙂
    ~ingrid

  5. Pizza is definitely one of humankind's greatest achievements. I also love pasta bakes, I do them all the time. Looks great!

  6. I agree, pizza is just flat out good. Turkey pepperoni is really good and this spaghetti looks wonderful. Thanks for the recipe Steph

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