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Pizza Casserole Recipe: Kid Approved

I came across an envelope of hand-written recipes that my husband’s mom had passed along to him many moons ago when he moved out on his own. It was interesting to go through them and find new recipes that I knew that he had liked at one time or another.

The first recipe I decided to make was this one! I also made an additional casserole and sent it to a friend that had just had a baby. I immediately got a text message telling me how much they enjoyed it. In addition, or toddler son inhaled this like it was his last supper! I was so excited about that because he is a bit of a purest when it comes to food (he doesn’t like mixed casseroles usually). He liked this!

So I highly suggest it as a family-friendly meal! And if your family usually orders a pizza with lots of additional toppings, feel free to add those to the mix.


Tricia @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 oz pizza sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups pasta, cooked and drained
  • .67 cups milk
  • 3 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 cup set aside)


While preparing the sauce, boil the pasta noodles. Brown the ground beef. When noodles are finished cooking, drain and return to pot. Together in the pot mix all ingredients, stirring thoroughly. Add to a deep dish 8×8 pan, top with remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 3o minutes.

Freezing Directions:

Prepare up to the point of baking, do not bake. Instead, cover and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 3o minutes. (Or bake double the time if frozen.)

Servings: 4

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23 Responses to “Pizza Casserole Recipe: Kid Approved”

  1. Clisty says:

    Fill me in on the .67 cups of milk would ya?

  2. Sarah says:

    Is it 6 or 7 cups of milk??

  3. This looks great! Mine would want pepperoni in it of course to actually make it PIZZA casserole! Thanks!

  4. Jennifer says:

    This one has been a staple in our house for a long time and we love it!

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  6. Daisy says:

    Do you happen to have/know of a recipe for the pizza sauce? With the toddler’s cinnamon allergy, we can’t just buy a jarred sauce unless we can somehow find out it’s cinnamon free (most only say “spices” but don’t say if it has cinnamon), and many companies won’t disclose that info. But this sounds like a great recipe that the kids would probably love! I would love to be able to try it out. Thanks so much!

    • tricia says:

      I don’t but I would think a simple Swagbucks or Google search of “homemade pizza sauce” would yield plenty of results.

    • Amy says:

      I always thought I was unusual because I add a tiny dash of cinnamon to my pizza sauce, but I guess I’m not if some of the manufacturer’s do it too!

      When I make pizza sauce, I take an 8 oz can of tomato sauce and a 6 oz can of tomato paste and mix them together. Then I dump in a lot of Italian seasoning (probably a tablespoon) and some garlic powder (maybe a half teaspoon). Give it a taste and add more Italian seasoning (or oregano or basil) until you like it. This recipe calls for more oregano and it’s geared for kids, so don’t go overboard with the seasoning. For pizzas, I like it thinned down with a little bit of liquid from a jar of hot banana peppers, but water is fine too if you don’t want the zip.

      • Daisy says:

        Thanks! I’ll try that one before doing a search. I don’t mind searching online, but I always like recipes others have tried first. ;) (Or online recipes with reviews.)

        • Daisy says:

          And you would be surprised at all the things that have cinnamon – so many foods you wouldn’t expect! And then so many where you just can’t find out, so you have to avoid just to be safe.

        • tricia says:

          That is very interesting! Especially in light of the fact that Tessa has been reacting to cinnamon which I think she might be allergic to. I will have to keep an eye out.

  7. Daisy says:

    Some type of cinnamon allergy is more common that you would think. Many people can get red when it touches them or even have irritation in their mouth. Aiden actually reacts w/ hives all over when he eats it (and will scream that it hurts if it touches his cheek), which isn’t as common as the contact reaction – but it’s also not too uncommon. It’s not a fun one to have, though, since it’s so commonly used (esp during this season!) and doesn’t have to be labeled. Hopefully that’s not what Tessa has, though!

  8. Jerri says:

    What an interesting concept! Looks great!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week!

  9. Carissa says:

    My mom makes this but she bakes it with a canned pizza dough on top and calls is “Upside-down Pizza Casserole”

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  11. Sandrine says:

    Made this recipe over the weekend. My 23 month old pick eater liked it quite a bit, so did my hubby. Thanks for the great recipe!

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