Monday, March 19, 2012

Pizza Casserole (Freezer Friendly)

Pizza Casserole with Roasted Green Beans
What could be more kid (and honestly, adult) friendly than Pizza? Put it in a casserole, and now we're appealing to the masses.

My husband commented three times about how great it smelled while it was baking. The kiddos were ambivalent about this, which is a good thing, because while they were deciding if they liked it, they just kept eating. Both the grownups ate well, and there wasn't much leftover!

Reminded me of my childhood Pizza Casserole, but a ton easier to make and a lot easier to eat!

I made two 8x8 inch pans, and froze one for another night. The frozen pan turned out just as well, so I feel comfortable making this into a freezer meal!

Pizza Casserole
recipe adapted from For Mamas

16 oz bag egg noodles
45 oz jar (extra large size) spaghetti sauce
3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 pound ground beef
3 oz pepperonis (half a 6 oz package)

Brown the ground beef and drain. Boil the noodles according to package directions and drain.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Make a thin layer of spaghetti sauce in the bottom on the pan. Spread half of the noodles, half the beef, half of the sauce, and the remainder of the noodles. Next top with half of the cheese, remainder of the beef, the remainder of the sauce, top it off with the remainder of the cheese. Now arrange the pepperonis on top.

Cover with foil, bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake for another 15 minutes.

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