Freezer Friendly Pizza Pasta Casserole

A few weeks ago our babysitter Madison graduated from High School.  The girls and I adore her and Kinley wanted to plan a special dinner to celebrate her accomplishment.  We had a wonderful time preparing this special evening and the dinner was super fabulous.  I chose this recipe because of the many reviews I read on how great this meal freezes and so I made a double batch.  Also taking into consideration… how could a meal that takes all the good things we love on pizza combined with noodles go wrong?!? NOT IN MY HOUSE!!

Next time I make this, I will add a layer of mozzarella cheese and more slices of pepperoni in the middle and on top since we LOVE cheese.  Maybe even use Italian sausage instead of ground beef.  The great thing about this is it can be customized any way you want it.  Add your favorites to make it your own special recipe! This was a total HIT and we finally ate the frozen one this evening and the kiddos scraped the dish clean.  Excellent, Frugal and easy!  Try two frugal gals Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe for a great side!

Pizza CasseroleIngredients
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta, cooked and drained
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
8 ounces sliced pepperoni

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In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and pasta.
Transfer to two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange pepperoni over the top. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months.
Bake the second casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (8-10 servings each).

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Congrats to our favorite, fun, loving and generous Madison.   We love you!

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