Meat-Lover’s Pizza Casserole

Italian sausage, bacon and pepperoni star in a hearty casserole that's sure to satisfy.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 8

Ingredients

1
lb uncooked ziti or other tubular pasta
1/2
lb bulk Italian sausage
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
medium green bell pepper, chopped
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
cans (15 oz each) pizza sauce
8
slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1/2
package (3.5-oz size) sliced pepperoni
2
cups shredded Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 3-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package using minimum cook time. Return to saucepan.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook and stir sausage, onion, bell pepper and garlic over medium-high heat about 7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is softened. Stir in pizza sauce, bacon and pepperoni. Pour mixture over cooked pasta; stir. Spoon half of pasta mixture (about 4 cups) into casserole. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Spoon remaining pasta mixture on top.
  • 3 Bake 30 minutes; top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until hot and cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    540
    (
    Calories from Fat
    190),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    21g
    21%
    (Saturated Fat
    9g,
    9%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    50mg
    50%;
    Sodium
    1350mg
    1350%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    61g
    61%
    (Dietary Fiber
    5g
    5%
      Sugars
    9g
    9%
    ),
    Protein
    27g
    27%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    20%;
    Vitamin C
    20%;
    Calcium
    30%;
    Iron
    20%;
    Exchanges:
    2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    4
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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