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My Very 'Non-Gourmet' Pizza Casserole - Will's Favorite

Whenever I ask Will what he wants me to make when I am planning meals for the week, he always says Pizza Casserole.  So I made it for him today.  He also requested, "Please have it ready after school."

This is super easy and very kid friendly.  This version makes a ton - two big pans.  You can half it for a smaller group.  I may freeze one and save for this weekend's Super Bowl Party!  Will be bloggin on that next week....

Pizza Casserole:
(Note:  for a lighter version, use turkey pepperoni, low fat cheese and whole wheat pasta)

2 lb ground beef
2 T dehydrated onions, minced
4 small cans tomato sauce
1/2 C water
1/2 t garlic salt
1 t dried basil
1/2 t dried oregano
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
3 oz of sliced pepperoni
4 C shredded mozzarella cheese
2 packages elbow macaroni

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.  Drain.
  2. Add minced onion, tomato sauce, water, garlic salt, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed.
  5. Add pasta to meat mixture.
  6. In two large pans, assemble the casserole in two layers.  Start with the the meat/pasta mixture, followed by 1 C cheese and cover with pepperoni. 
  7. Cover pans with aluminum foil and cook for 30  mins in 350 degree pre-heated oven.