Pizza Casserole: Lovin’ From The Oven

This recipe was originally meant for the slow cooker, but after making it, I realized it would have been a lot easier to simply bake it.  Any crock pot recipe that isn’t easy, that makes you cook two or three things separately, just shouldn’t be a crock pot recipe in my opinion. So that being said, the pictures you are about to see take place in a slow cooker.   You will have to use your imagination.  (Tamy, this would look great in your new white roaster!)

Pizza Casserole: 
1 package egg noodles, cooked
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (a combo of beef and pork would be great)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 small can mushrooms
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
+ your favorite pizza toppings (1 cup ham or pepperoni, green peppers, black olives, etc)
3 cups each shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese (I added some Provolone, too)
Cook the hamburger with the onion.  Combine the meat with the spaghetti sauce, mushrooms, and Italian seasoning. 

For Crockpot: Spray crock with PAM.  Layer the meat sauce, then noodles then pizza toppings then cheese three times.  This completely filled my large crock pot.  Cook on low 3-4 hours.
For Oven: Spray a very large casserole or maybe two 9 X 13 pans with PAM and layer 2 or 3 times like you would in the Crockpot.  Cover with foil and bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until cheese is melted and all is heated through.  (Note: you could eat one and freeze one before you baked it)

Sounds great and I totally agree on the slow cooker issue – although with proper menu planning it could be a true slow cooker meal (just toss it all in and turn it on) using leftovers for a quick and easy meal.


This sounds so easy and delicious. I happen to have all the ingredients on-hand. If I didn’t already have something defrosted or I would make this tonight.