Easy Pizza Pasta Bake with Ground Beef

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Make dinner delicious, filling, and fun with my Pizza Pasta Bake! This casserole is filled with rotini pasta, red sauce, ground beef, veggies, cheese, and your favorite toppings! A kid and adult-friendly meal that can be made gluten-free and dairy-free.

an overhead shot of a pizza pasta bake topped with pepperoni and basil

 

What Makes This Recipe Great

A good casserole recipe is an absolute must in my house. Today, I’m giving y’all my secret weapon that combines favorite Italian dishes into an easy-to-prep, oven-does-the-work recipe that both kids and adults love. Enter, easy Pizza Pasta Bake

This warm, hearty, and comforting dish is everything you love about pasta… AND pizza! Tons of cheese, sauce, and toppings atop a bed of tender pasta and baked to perfection! It comes together in just 30 minutes and makes all the tummies in my house very, very happy!

My favorite thing about this recipe is that it’s really easy to customize to your family’s preferences and dietary needs– Make it gluten-free or dairy-free, add your favorite toppings, make it half and half– your choice! It’s full of flavor, ooey-gooey, and soooo satisfying!

Ingredients Notes

recipe ingredients in small bowls and labeled
  • rotini pasta: Or gluten-free pasta of choice cooked according to package instructions. 
  • ground beef: You can substitute ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork if desired. 
  • yellow onion
  • garlic 
  • olive oil
  • pizza sauce: Spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce will also work.  
  • mozzarella cheese: For dairy-free, use your favorite non-dairy cheese shreds. 
  • pepperoni
  • garnish: Fresh basil and parmesan cheese

How to Make This Baked Pizza Pasta Recipe 

numbered step by step photos showing how to make this pizza pasta bake recipe
  1. Boil a large pot of water and cook your pasta according to package directions. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F. Heat a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium/high heat. Add olive oil to the skillet. Once warm, add the onions and minced garlic. Stir, and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add in the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain off any excess grease.
  3. To the ground beef, add the cooked pasta and pizza sauce. Mix with a spoon until combined. Cover the top of the mixture with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
  4. Place the skillet in a 400F preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melty and bubbly.
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped basil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
a close up shot showing the melted cheese and pepperonis on top of a pizza pasta bake

Mac’s Pro Tip

Expert Tips

  • Alternatively, you can prep your ingredients in a skillet and transfer everything to an oven-safe casserole dish or baking dish if preferred. 
  • Feel free to substitute your favorite pizza toppings– add peppers, Italian sausage, pineapple, bacon, black olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, Italian seasoning, and more! 
  • Use whatever pasta shape you prefer– I like fusilli pasta, penne pasta, and rotini pasta the best. Even spaghetti noodles work well. 

Serving Tips

Serve this baked pizza pasta recipe warm with sides like Caesar salad, fresh garlic bread, or by itself! 

This recipe is also perfect for large groups or family gatherings, considering it’s filling, easy to double batch, and delicious from kid to adult!  

Storage Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave and serve with your favorite garnishes. 

a bowl of pasta topped with pepperoni, basil, and parmesan cheese.

Recipe FAQs

Can you use any sauce for pasta bake?

Yes! Any kind of tomato-based marinara or pizza sauce can be used. 

How do you reheat this pizza pasta casserole recipe in the oven?

For best results, reheat in your casserole dish at 350F for about 20 min. Mix some water or butter into the pasta to help it not dry out. 

a spoon scooping pasta and ground beef out of a casserole dish.

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Easy Pizza Pasta Bake with Ground Beef

By: Ashley McCrary
Make dinner delicious, filling, and fun with my Pizza Pasta Bake! This casserole is filled with rotini pasta, red sauce, ground beef, veggies, cheese, and your favorite toppings! A kid and adult-friendly meal that can be made gluten-free and dairy-free.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1 lb rotini pasta or gluten-free pasta of choice cooked according to the box
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 med yellow onion chopped
  • 3-4 cloved garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2-3 cups pizza sauce or marinara sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese sub dairy-free cheese of choice
  • 12-14 pepperonis
  • Garnish: Fresh basil and parmesan cheese

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Heat a large skillet or cast iron over medium/high heat. Add olive oil to the skillet. Once warm, add the onions and minced garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add in the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain off any excess grease.
  • To the ground beef, add the cooked pasta and pizza sauce. Mix with a spoon until combined. Cover the top of the mixture with mozzarella cheese and pepperonis.
  • Place the skillet in a 400F oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melty and bubbly.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped basil and parmesan cheese

Notes

Expert Tips

  • Alternatively, you can prep your ingredients in a skillet and transfer everything to an oven-safe casserole dish or baking dish if preferred. 
  • Feel free to substitute your favorite pizza toppings– add peppers, Italian sausage, pineapple, bacon, black olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, Italian seasoning, and more! 
  • Use whatever pasta shape you prefer– I like fusilli pasta, penne pasta, and rotini pasta the best. Even spaghetti noodles work well. 

Serving Tips

Serve this baked pizza pasta recipe warm with sides like Caesar salad, fresh garlic bread, or by itself! 
This recipe is also perfect for large groups or family gatherings, considering it’s filling, easy to double batch, and delicious from kid to adult!  

Storage Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave and serve with your favorite garnishes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 783mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

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