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Crockpot Pizza Casserole

by Amy D

Full of gooey mozzarella cheese, ground beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni this no boil Crockpot Pizza Casserole makes a great busy weeknight meal.A spoonful of gooey mozzarella cheese, ground beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni in tomato sauce with pasta.

Pizza, it’s the one thing my kids will always eat and never ever complain about. Especially my meat loving teenage sons. Slow cooker pizza casserole is pretty much as easy as dumping stuff in the slow cooker and switching it on. Now that’s one thing you’ll never hear me complain about! Serve it up with a side salad and some garlic rolls and call dinner done.A bowl Crockpot Pizza Casserole with parmesan sprinkled on the top and a breadstick to the side.

Here’s something you should know about this pizza casserole recipe. It’s a no boil recipe, the pasta gets dumped straight into the crock pot. This is worth pointing out because, yes, it makes this recipe even more simple. But it also changes the texture of the finished pasta just a little bit.

Browned hamburger and sausage are added to the slow cooker with vegetables.

You have to be really careful about not cooking the pasta too long or it will turn into a mushy mess! 

After the sauce has simmered, the pasta is added to the slow cooker. Once the pasta is cooked, cheese is mixed in and spread on the top for a delicious cheesy and meaty main dish. Mozzarella cheese is added at the very end of the cooking time, just until melted.

I’ve included my favorite pizza toppings in this recipe, but feel free to switch things up to suit your family’s tastes.

Suggested pizza “topping” ideas:

  • Canadian bacon
  • Bacon
  • Meatballs
  • Mushrooms
  • Black Olives
  • Spinach
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Ricotta Cheese

A bowl of Crockpot Pizza Casserole

And even though I am firmly in the “pineapple is good on pizza” camp I don’t think I’d take it this far . That’s a little too outside the box even for me. 😉

This casserole goes great with garlic bread, here are few of my favorite garlic bread recipes. Click on the photos to see the recipes. 

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

Garlic Cheese Focaccia Bread

Super easy and delicious these pull apart garlic rolls have soft garlic buttery bite-sized pieces on the inside, surrounded by crisp edges on the outside. Bonus! They're ready in just 20 minutes! Recipe on www.accidentalhappybaker.com @AHBamy

Easy Pull Apart Garlic Rolls

Crockpot Pizza Casserole

Full of gooey mozzarella cheese, ground beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni this no boil Crockpot Pizza Casserole makes a great busy weeknight meal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword ground beef, italian sausage, pizza, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 3 ounce pkg pepperoni slices
  • 1 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 15 ounce cans pizza sauce
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 16 ounce box pasta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a skillet brown the ground beef and Italian sausage with the onion and garlic. Drain the fat. Add the meat mixture to the slow cooker along with the green pepper and pepperoni slices.

  2. Add the cans of tomato sauce, pizza sauce, tomato paste, water and basil. Stir to combine and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

  3. If cooking on low, turn the slow cooker to high and stir in the box of pasta. Cover and cook another 18-25 minutes. Check and stir at 18 minutes.

  4. Stir 2/3 cup of the cheese into the pasta and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Cover for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and serve.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to substitute whatever pizza toppings your family enjoys. This recipe is adapted from  Taste of Home. 

 

Full of gooey mozzarella cheese, ground beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni this no boil Crockpot Pizza Casserole makes a great busy weeknight meal. #slowcookermeal #weeknightdinner #meatlovers #pizzapasta #accidentalhappybakerDid you make this recipe? 

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