Pepperoni Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

This dish is a combination of my boys’ favorite meals–pizza and spaghetti.  It’s like a deep-dish spaghetti pie with pepperoni in every bite, is perfectly cheesy, and has a thick pizza-like crust of spaghetti noodles.  
 
Sounding delicious?
 
 
 
It’s a lot easier than making a pizza but takes a little more effort than making spaghetti.   Lately I’ve seen a similar recipe using canned spaghetti in tons of food magazines. It sounded and looked like something we’d love, but I just don’t dig canned spaghetti. Cooking some noodles and buying a jar of your favorite pasta sauce really isn’t that much harder.
 
Here’s a look at how you make it…
 
 
 
Layered in a baking dish–1) Spaghetti noodles 2) topped with ground turkey, 3) topped with spaghetti sauce & pepperoni, 4) topped with cheese and more pepperoni.  All baked for thirty minutes until heated through and the cheeses are nice and melted. 
 
 
 
This might be my new cop-out meal. You know, for those days I typically make spaghetti or order pizza because I simply don’t have a plan. It’s different enough but still so easy and my family loves it!
Pepperoni Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
  2. 1/2 tsp salt
  3. 1 (1.2 lb) turkey burger
  4. 2 ounces turkey pepperoni, sliced in half
  5. 1 (26 oz) jar pasta sauce
  6. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  7. 1 (8oz) packaged shredded Italian three- cheese blend
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti with 1/2 tsp salt in water according to package directions (cook to al dente). Drain and place noodles in a lightly greased 9X13 pan. Set aside.
  2. Cook turkey burger in a large skillet until cooked through, drain and set meat aside. Wipe skillet out with a paper towel. Add pepperoni slices to pan and cook over medium-high heat stirring occasionally, until slightly crisp (about 4-5 minutes).
  3. Cover the spaghetti noodles with turkey burger then pour pasta sauce over the top. Sprinkle half of the pepperoni slices evenly over the pasta sauce. Top with Parmesan and Italian cheeses. Arrange remaining pepperoni slices evenly on top of the cheese.
  4. Lightly spray one side of aluminum foil with cooking spray and cover the dish with sprayed side down. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and starting to brown.
Adapted from Southern Living
Adapted from Southern Living
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Comments

  1. Shannon K says

    Tried this for dinner the other night, tasted great! There’s only my husband and I (and a 7 month old, but he’s not quite ready for casseroles yet!), but it was easy to scale this recipe down. Going into the ‘keep’ column :)

  2. Anonymous says

    I’ve made something similar but added a bit of smart balance butter and some Parmesan cheese to the noodles before putting in the pan. Delicious!

  3. says

    I love this recipe. My children absolutely loved it. They all had seconds. We have seven in our family so I made two batches and had lots for leftovers. Thank you for posting this.

  4. Amy says

    Looks and sounds delicious!! Oh, if only my picky eater would eat this…he would eat plain spaghetti and the ground turkey meat, but not them together with the sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. :(

    Oh well…it’s something different that I can try out for the rest of us. We have plenty of deer meat in the freezer, so I’ll probably use that. :)

  5. Phyllis says

    We tried this tonight and it was great. The kids were arguing about wanting spaghetti or pizza for dinner so I served them both at once

  6. Debi says

    This sounds wonderful. I’d have to change it some since both my husband and I like different pizza toppings. I’d probably make half a meat lovers for him and the other half with the turkey burger, green or red pepper and mushroom for me. I’m definitely going to try this though and I don’t cook very often.

  7. Christina says

    I’ve seen so many of these recipes around the net lately.. and I have to say not only are your pictures the most enticing and flawless.. but your recipe is amazing. Well done on the photography.. I love your main picture.. it makes me want to dive right into it!! Anyways.. keep up the amazing work and keep smiling.. it makes the world a brighter place. <3

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