Homestyle Spaghetti Pizza Bake Recipe

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Experience the delectable fusion of two beloved classics with this easy-to-make Spaghetti Pizza Casserole. Featuring spaghetti noodles as the flavorful crust, topped with a savory meat-based marinara sauce, gooey cheese, and a delightful layer of pepperoni, this recipe is a guaranteed hit with the entire family. Perfect for those busy weeknights when you crave a comforting meal without the fuss.

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Homestyle Spaghetti Pizza Bake Recipe

Ingredients & Substitutions

  1. Pasta: The foundation of this Spaghetti Pizza Casserole is created with al dente spaghetti noodles. After cooking and draining the pasta, allow it to cool slightly before incorporating it with the egg.
  2. Cheese: Infuse a touch of mozzarella cheese into the pasta base and sprinkle some on top for that classic pizza feel. Feel free to experiment with different cheese varieties to suit your taste.
  3. Marinara Sauce: Select your preferred brand of marinara sauce or elevate the dish with a zesty Arrabbiata sauce for an extra kick.
  4. Meat: Ground beef is the star of the sauce, but you can explore alternatives such as ground turkey, pork, or chicken for a personalized twist.
  5. Pepperoni: Customize your casserole by adding as many pepperoni slices as you desire. The suggested quantity is just a starting point; feel free to pile on for a more robust flavor.

Homestyle Spaghetti Pizza Bake Recipe

Can I Use a Different Sized Pan?

Absolutely! This versatile recipe has been tested with both a 9-inch springform pan and a 9×13-inch baking dish. While the springform pan offers an impressive presentation, the 9×13-inch baking dish results in a more proportioned dish with a less dense texture. Both options deliver a delicious Spaghetti Pizza Casserole experience.

Homestyle Spaghetti Pizza Bake Recipe

How to Store Spaghetti Pizza Casserole

For those delightful leftovers, store the casserole in the refrigerator for consumption within the next few days. Alternatively, freeze it for extended storage.

  • To Refrigerate: Allow the casserole to cool to room temperature, then cover the pan with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Alternatively, store individual pieces in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days, reheating in the oven at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.
  • To Freeze: Use a freezer-safe pan for preparation, let the casserole cool completely, then wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Label and date the packaging for freshness up to 3 months in the freezer. To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes for optimal results.

Homestyle Spaghetti Pizza Bake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (225 g) spaghetti noodles, broken into 2-inch pieces, cooked al dente, cooled
  • 2 1/2 cups (282.5 g) mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) whole milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Sauce

  • 1 jar (680 g) marinara sauce
  • 1 pound (450 g) ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 ounces (85 g) sliced pepperoni, about 35 slices, or enough to cover the top

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and spray a 9×13-inch (23×33 cm) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked, cooled noodles, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, milk, beaten egg, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and salt.
  3. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. While the pasta is baking, prepare the sauce. Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet over medium heat until no pink remains (about 8 minutes). Drain excess grease.
  5. Add marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the ground beef. Stir to combine.
  6. After 15 minutes, remove the pasta from the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (175°C).
  7. Spread the sauce mixture over the noodle layer. Top with the remaining cheese and a layer of pepperoni slices.
  8. Return to the oven and bake for 25-30 more minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly. Allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Homestyle Spaghetti Pizza Bake Recipe

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