Pizza Casserole

One day Whitney decided we should make a pizza casserole. When she described it to me, it just sounded like regular-old pasta in a casserole dish, so I made suggestions of including pizza crust and using pizza sauce. Unfortunately, the store didn't have big jars of pizza sauce and I didn't have a recipe for it while I was there, but we did get to try the crust idea, and it turned out great.

Sauce (We ended up just using a pasta sauce, but I would have liked to try it with a pizza sauce to give it more of an overall pizza flavor)
Mozzarella cheese
Bite-size pasta (We used rotini)
Pizza dough (We used Pillsbury pizza crust dough from a can)
Pizza toppings (Whatever you like on your pizza! We used mushrooms, onions, pepperoni)

1. Preheat oven for the pizza dough. Grease casserole dish and spread dough to cover it. Bake crust by itself just short of desired doneness and remove from oven.

2. Reduce oven heat to 325. Prepare toppings (for our version, sautéing onions and mushrooms) and cook pasta 2 minutes short of al dente.

3. Mix cheese, toppings, pasta, and sauce in bowl, and pour mixture into casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes, top with cheese, and bake another five minutes. Serve and eat!

We mostly guessed on amounts, temperatures, and cooking times, so I'm sure there's plenty of flexibility there to experiment.

Step 1: Prepare crust!

Step 2: Prepare toppings and pasta!

Step 3: Mix sauce! Check out that action shot!

Ready to eat!

It tasted great, and made for very tasty leftovers. I'm excited to try more variations on this!

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