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Crockpot Pizza Casserole

Crockpot pizza casserole is a weeknight dinner your whole family will devour! Tender pasta is combined with ground beef, pepperoni, a zesty tomato sauce, and plenty of cheese for a total crowd-pleaser.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot pizza casserole
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 958kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz

Ingredients

  • 1 pound box of pasta ziti, penne or other large shape
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 14 ounces cans pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 package sliced pepperoni 12 oz
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions in salted water, leaving a little firmer than usual. This will ensure the pasta does not overcook in the crockpot later. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil until hot and it begins to shimmer. Add the ground beef, season with the salt and pepper. Cook until the beef has browned, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the beef to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • In the same pan, cook the onions and garlic over medium high heat until translucent and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the pizza sauce, cooked beef, and Italian seasoning, bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.
  • Spray the inside of the crockpot, then add the cooked pasta, beef sauce, and ½ cup of the cheese. Stir together.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top, then arrange the pepperoni over the cheese.
  • Cover and cook on low for about 3 hours, or high for 1 ½ to 2 hours. It should be heated throughout and the cheese completely melted.
  • Top with the basil and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 958kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 2589mg | Potassium: 1009mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 909IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 5mg