We need easy, family friendly weeknight pasta recipes that help us keep on schedule and keep on budget. The kids love pasta and pizza, so it just makes sense to combine the two into a pizza pasta bake casserole. Add a salad, a glass of milk and a fresh fruit snack and this is a great meal for growing kids.
Cheap and Easy Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe
I like to brown a pound of sausage or hamburger when I have time so that they are ready to incorporate into meals when I’m in a rush. I used half a pound of sausage that was already prepared and mixed it into cooked pasta, pepperoni, and sauce. Mushrooms, peppers, and onions can be added if you like those items.
A pizza pasta dish wouldn’t be complete without cheese. We took shredded Parmesan cheese and let each person sprinkle as much as they wanted on their helping of pasta. This lets the kids put their own touch on their meal.
Since my husband is a farmer he usually works close to the house and eats lunch at home. Leftovers from pasta dishes like this are great to divide into individual servings and freeze or reheat. We prefer to keep plenty of reusable containers like this handy. There’s always work to be done on the farm, so we try to make lunchtime as efficient as possible for our farmer!
These type of meals are a staple in our house! We also love to use Bob Evans sausage because we’re a local farming family, they’re a local company that sources inputs from farming families like ours.
Hide Vegetables in This Pasta Casserole
We also cut up a red pepper and hid it in the pizza pasta so the kids would eat more vegetables. They never even noticed. We love mushrooms too, so we’ll probably add those in the future.
Printable Recipe for Cheap and Easy Pizza Pasta Casserole
Easy Pizza Pasta Bake
- 1/2 pound Bob Evans sausage
- 30 slices pepperoni
- 1/2 pound rigatoni
- 16 ounces spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.Brown sausage as directed on the package. I used a roll of sausage, but any kind will work.
- Prepare pasta according to directions on box.
- Mix sausage, pasta and spaghetti sauce in baking dish. Layer pepperoni on top.
- Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until sauce starts to bubble.Spoon desired amount on plates and add cheese as you please.