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Pizza Pasta Casserole

This Pizza Pasta Casserole is high in protein, low in carbs, and a great addition to your weekly meal prep.

This is a pan of pizza pasta casserole. There is a white casserole dish filled with pasta, sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices. It's topped with red pepper flakes as well.

Pizza Pasta Casserole

Okay, I'll admit it: this recipe sounds heavy. Each word in the title has the potential to conjure up images of high-calorie comfort food (not that there's anything wrong with that).

But I'm here to tell you that this particular three-word combination represents a dish that's big on flavor but also designed to fit right into a healthy, macro-friendly nutrition plan. That, and you get to eat pasta that tastes like pizza, so... a win by any standard.

This is a pan of pizza pasta casserole. There is a white casserole dish filled with pasta, sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices. It's topped with red pepper flakes as well.

Pizza Casserole Recipe

This pizza casserole recipe is...

  • family friendly (a crowd pleaser!)
  • easy to make (check out the recipe below!)
  • lower carb (about as much as an apple!)
  • higher protein (almost 40g per serving!)
  • great for meal prep (keeps a long time!)

That's a lot going for it. What's the catch? I can't find one.

Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Let's take a look at the full breakdown of calories and macros:

  • Calories: 370kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Protein: 39g
  • Fat: 14g

Someone might say that 27 grams isn't low-carb, but the truth is that low-carb depends on what your goals are, and 27g is really not very much in the pasta-pizza realm. It's about as much as you'd get in a medium-sized apple.

Pizza Pasta Casserole Ingredients

What goes into this pizza pasta casserole? I'm glad you asked:

  • banza rotini pasta
  • turkey pepperoni
  • 93% lean ground beef
  • pasta sauce
  • reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • optional: red pepper flakes, fresh basil

There's not too much to complain about here. You can see why this recipe even appeals to the pickier eaters—whether they're children or not!

This is a pan of pizza pasta casserole. There is a white casserole dish filled with pasta, sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices. It's topped with red pepper flakes as well.

Pizza Casserole Instructions

I keep telling you this is easy. But I know you just want to know what you've got to do to get it done. Here's what's involved:

Prep

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Add all of the seasonings (italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, & pepper) to a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat a large pot of salted water on the stovetop.

Cook

  • Cook pasta following the directions on the box. Strain & set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef. Cook until no pink, about 7 minutes.
  • Add seasoning mixture to the meat. Mix to coat. Take off heat.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooked noodles, cooked meat and pasta sauce. Stir together well.

Bake

  • Grease a large casserole dish.
  • Pour in the pizza pasta mixture.
  • Layer with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 mins.
  • Top with red pepper flakes and fresh basil.

Enjoy

  • Enjoy!
This is a pan of pizza pasta casserole. There is a white casserole dish filled with pasta, sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices. It's topped with red pepper flakes as well.

Does pasta go with pizza?

Does peanut butter go with jelly? Pizza and pasta naturally play nice together. Much of what makes a good pasta dish can also take a pizza to the next level. Try this dish once and you'll see why.

How many calories are in a pizza casserole?

This low carb pizza casserole has 370 calories per serving.

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This is a pan of pizza pasta casserole. There is a white casserole dish filled with pasta, sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices. It's topped with red pepper flakes as well.
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5 from 21 votes

Pizza Pasta Casserole

Somehow, even better than the sum of its three parts.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pizza, pizza casserole, pizza pasta, pizza pasta bake
Servings: 6
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • oven
  • casserole dish
  • striner
  • skillet
  • pot

Ingredients

  • 8 oz banza rotini pasta
  • 2 oz turkey pepperoni
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 24 oz pasta sauce any seasoning
  • ½ cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • optional: red pepper flakes fresh basil

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Add all of the seasonings (italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, & pepper) to a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat a large pot of salted water on the stovetop.
  • Cook pasta following the directions on the box. Strain & set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef. Cook until no pink, about 7 minutes.
  • Add seasoning mixture to the meat. Mix to coat. Take off heat.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooked noodles, cooked meat and pasta sauce. Stir together well.
  • Grease a large casserole dish.
  • Pour in the pizza pasta mixture.
  • Layer with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 mins.
  • Top with red pepper flakes and fresh basil.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*add cooked diced onion if you want!

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 660mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 38mg

Recipe Rating




Lisa Quiller

Friday 18th of November 2022

This recipe is so good and SO easy. Even my picky son loved it!

Carman

Friday 18th of November 2022

I used to make this in a bit of an unhealthy version . So glad we found this! Do yummy! Kid and husband approved!

Brooke Davis

Friday 18th of November 2022

When you’re child always makes a face at every healthy-ish thing you make for dinner and you’ve grown accustomed to it…wait until they take their first bite of this cheesy, saucy goodness! My MOM CARD was re-issued as he confessed, “it’s an 11 out of 10, mom. Five stars!”!!!

I have lived to make another meal, thanks to Jordo’s no nonsense pizza pasta creation!

Mary

Friday 18th of November 2022

Thoroughly enjoyed this recipe ALL week long. I prepped it for my lunches - it was so simple to make and so delicious! I paired it with a salad & it was perfect! Highly recommend!

Brittany

Friday 23rd of September 2022

How much is a serving? Ie a cup?

Jordan Smith

Thursday 29th of September 2022

Hi Brittany, 1 serving is 1/6 of the recipe. The easiest way to measure 1 serving is to cut the casserole into 6 even pieces. For a more accurate measurement, you can weigh the entire recipe and divide by 6 to get the weight of one serving. I hope that helps & you enjoy this recipe!