Make-Ahead Pizza Casserole

Take just 20 minutes to put together this pasta bake, and dinner for the next night is done!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 40 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
lb mild Italian pork sausage
2
cups water
1
can (15 oz) pizza sauce
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with sweet onion, undrained
4
cups uncooked rotini pasta (10 oz)
1
can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 1/2
cups shredded mozzarella or pizza cheese blend (6 oz)
  • 1 In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.
  • 2 In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, mix water, pizza sauce and tomatoes. Stir in cooked sausage, uncooked pasta and olives (pasta should be completely covered with sauce). Cover tightly with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 3 When ready to bake, heat oven to 350°F. Stir casserole; cover with foil and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until bubbly.
  • 4 Uncover baking dish; stir mixture. Sprinkle with cheese; bake uncovered 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Expert Tips

Olives add some color contrast to this casserole, but you can omit them for a more kid-friendly meal. Serve with warm breadsticks and a green salad.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
500
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
1250mg
1250%;
Total Carbohydrate
50g
50%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
26g
26%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.