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Freezer Meals: Easy Pizza Casserole

on August 1, 2012

If you have children, you know how picky they can be!  But I always know my kid’s love pasta…and pizza.  So why not put them together?  This isn’t a new creation for me-there are tons of recipes online.  But here is a quick and easy meal for tonight (and make an extra one for the freezer while you’re at it)!

Ingredients:

1 pound Ground Beef (Ground Turkey could be substituted here)

1/2-1 pound Ground Sausage (optional)

16 ounce Rotini Pasta

1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (Homemade sauce works well, too)

8-16 ounces of Cheese (preferably mozzarella but if  I don’t have it on hand I use Cheddar)

Pepperoni  (as much or little as you like)

Fillings:

  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Olives
  • Any other veggies or toppings you like on your pizza

Directions:

If freezing the casserole:  Line an 11×7 or  13×9 casserole pan with foil and then with plastic wrap (frozen pasta can take on the taste of metal)

If cooking right away:  Line the pan with foil, optional.  (It helps with clean-up).

Cook pasta according to package directions (cook past slightly undercooked for the freezer so it isn’t mushy when it thaws).   Meanwhile, saute peppers and onions.  When tender, cook ground beef and ground sausage until no longer pink.  Drain meat and pasta.

Begin to assemble the casserole.  I just put everything into a pan (I use ).  I mix the meat, pasta, fillings, and sauce together.  I sprinkle the casserole with cheese on top but you could also mix it in (it is less expensive to put it only on top).

To cook immediately:  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

To Freeze:  Allow casserole to cool (I put it in the refrigerator for a little while).  Freeze in pan.  Once solid, remove from pan and finish wrapping with plastic wrap and foil.

To Thaw:  Take casserole out of freezer night before serving.  Remove plastic wrap right away (before thawing) and put it in designated cooking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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One response to “Freezer Meals: Easy Pizza Casserole

  1. Glenda Mills says:

    Thanks for liking my post…company’s coming…your pizza recipe sounds wonderful!

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