If you're a pizza lover looking to try something new, or a home cook searching for an easy, crowd-pleasing dish, look no further than the Pepperoni Pizza Casserole. This delicious alternative to traditional pizza combines all the flavors you love into a comforting, oven-baked dish that's perfect for weeknight dinners or gatherings with friends and family.

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Ingredients You'll Need

Before you start, gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb of pasta (penne or rotini work best)
  • 2 cups of pizza sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of diced bell peppers (optional)
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions (optional)
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp of dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for greasing the baking dish

Preparation Steps

Follow these step-by-step instructions to prepare your Pepperoni Pizza Casserole:

1. Preheat Your Oven

Set your oven to preheat at 375°F (190°C).

2. Cook the Pasta

In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until it's al dente. Once cooked, drain the pasta and set it aside.

3. Prepare the Sauce

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. If you're using vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions, sauté them in the skillet until they're tender.

4. Combine Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the pizza sauce, half of the shredded mozzarella cheese, and the sautéed vegetables (if using). Mix until everything is well-coated.

5. Assemble the Casserole

Lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil. Pour the pasta mixture into the dish and spread it evenly. Layer the pepperoni slices on top of the pasta, then sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and the grated Parmesan cheese over the pepperoni. Finally, add the dried oregano and basil, along with salt and pepper to taste.

Baking Instructions

1. Bake the Casserole

Place the assembled casserole in the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the edges are golden brown.

2. Cool Before Serving

Once baked, remove the casserole from the oven and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and makes it easier to slice.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Pepperoni Pizza Casserole with a few of these delicious sides:

  • Garlic bread or breadsticks
  • Caesar salad or mixed greens
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

For an extra touch, garnish the casserole with freshly chopped basil or parsley before serving. This adds a burst of color and enhances the flavor.


Making a Pepperoni Pizza Casserole is a simple and satisfying way to enjoy all the flavors of pizza in a comforting, oven-baked dish. With easy-to-follow steps and customizable ingredients, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Give it a try, and discover how fun and flavorful home cooking can be! And don't forget to share your culinary creations with us. Happy cooking! 🍕

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