Meat-Lover’s Pizza Casserole

Meat-Lover’s Pizza Casserole

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

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Total Time

1:00

Hr:Mins

Makes

8

servings

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.
Makes 8 servings (1 1/2 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Tips
For authentic Italian flavor, use cooked and crumbled pancetta instead of the bacon.
Serve with a tossed green salad and garlic bread. Serve with a hearty red wine, such as Chianti.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 540
    • (Calories from Fat 190),
  • Total Fat 21g
    • (Saturated Fat 9g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 50mg;
  • Sodium 1350mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 61g
    • (Dietary Fiber 5g,
    • Sugars 9g),
  • Protein 27g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.