By Kaarin on February 23, 2005
Photo by Juju Bee
Photo by Juju Bee
"This is a kid pleaser-very cheesy and topped with pepperoni. It makes 2 large (9x13) casseroles or 4 small ones; I often divide it in fourths and freeze 3. This originally came from TOH's Quick Cooking."
Serving Size: 1 (156 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 20
"Yummy waaaay better than hamburger helper but just as easy. Our 2 year old loved it, too, and he is going though a picky phase. It was nice that it made 2 pans - we had one for supper and I'm bringing one to a church potluck tomorrow. I went basically with the recipe (but I added a bit more pizza seasoning and 2 more garlic cloves) because I wanted to keep it basic for the potluck, but I look forward to trying it again for home. I'll triple the pizza seasoning, put in 5 or 6 cloves of garlic, add some spinach, and use sausage instead of hamburger (or half and half)...maybe some mushrooms and black olives. Just like pizza, there are endless options. Thank you for the recipe! I need some simple standards (my husband is the main cook around here)."
"This was a huge hit with the family. I had to half the recipe and it still made more than enough for 3 hungry eaters. I added some mild italian sausage, green peppers and onions as additional toppings just like a pizza. I added some leftover pizza sauce to the sauce and my top cheese was provolone which melted wonderfully. We all agreed it was the toppings that made the dish taste like a pizza. Make sure to cook the pasta al dente. Will make this again soon and it will be my next carry in dish at work."
"I just thought that it was okay, nothing special. Kind of like a glorified hamburger helper. :-("
"This is an extremely easy dish to make. The pepperoni on top was crispy and delicious. My only issue with this dish, and it's a slight one at that, is that the pasta underneath could use a little more pizazz for my taste. Maybe quartering up the pepperoni slices and throwing them into the pasta mixture maybe? Something that would give it a zing! There was plenty left over and my husband was able to have left overs for both a lunch a work and a snack at home over the next two days."
"Simple, easy and plentiful. I made some for me and some for the neighbors. Used regular pepperoni on the top and mini pepperoni on the inside. But the top was much tastier than the inside, so next time I'll pass on the mini pepperoni."
"Is this recipe a culinary innovation? No, but it is a five star recipe because it is easy, tastes good, versatile, and appeals to a wide variety of people.
We loved it, my whole family ate it ( even the picky young ones), and I even have one to freeze. This is the kind of recipe that is wonderful to have on hand. I added green pepper and sauteed onion, and as I always doctor my canned sauce anyway, a tbsp of sugar and some pizza seasoning. Wonderful, warm, filling. Thanks!"
"Made the full recipe in a large aluminum lasagna pan for a pot-luck, everyone loved it with very little left-over!! Used whole wheat pasta and mild Italian sausage instead of the hamburger as someone else had suggested. Also added mini-pepperonis to the noodles and mixed in and then used the turkey pepperonis over the top. Definitely a keeper and will make again for more gatherings!!"
"YUM! I used Barilla Plus rotini, turkey pepperoni, slightly less cheese and no add oil. This was great! I halved the recipe and only baked half of that thinking it would be at least enough for 3 meals, but it was so good my husband and I finished the whole thing (1/4 of the original recipe). I used a pizza grinder spice mix with some added oregano. Next time I'll make the full recipe so I'll have some left over!"
"The whole family loved this!! I used ground turkey in place of the beef and also used a little cheddar in the cheese mix. The pepperoni really makes this dish! I served this with garlic bread and a tossed salad. This makes alot and generously feeds a family of six!!!"
"Yummy! Need I say more! I like that it makes lots...I really enjoy having a chance to freeze extra meals that are enjoyable for everyone in the house. I am a Mom with 2 growing hockey boys AKA Crazy schedules and Hungry young Men! I made 2 tradition pepperoni(lean). 2 Deluxe with Green Peppers, Mushrooms, tomatoes, lean Pepperoni and diced ham. Thanks for posting!!"
"This was a very delicious and super easy recipe! My entire family loved it! I have five kids and it is sometimes hard to find something they all like. My sons went back for thirds, leaving no leftovers. I only made one batch and was very disappointed I didn't make two. It is that good. I did not use the oil to cook the beef and onion and garlic. I never do that and not sure why you would. We always have these ingredients on hand, so this is something I can go to for a last minute dish. Thanks so much!"
"Made this a few months back. I cut the recipe down to a fourth (5 servings.) It came out pretty well but next time I think I will use more sauce as there was an abundance of pasta."
"I make this as well, "Cavatini". I also add Jimmy Dean's Sage Sausage when browning the hamburger with onion & garlic powder. I make my initial pan pretty hardy so my 2nd pan is more or less an 8x8 and single layer. I find even though I use a jar sauce, I add extra italian seasonings to it and sometimes some wine...the longer it simmers the better the taste. It's a great meal for family get togethers and everyone's plate is always clean :)"
"Before every meet, my son's high school cross country team has a pasta dinner. This is BY FAR the most requested item there. Super easy to make, travels well, and kids love it. thanks for the recipe!"
"Yummm! Made this today and split into 4 casserole dishes. The only thing I altered was to use ground turkey in place of the beef and then grated 2 large carrots and chopped up 8oz of mushrooms to toss in. Came out delicious and even my super picky 2 year old ate it! (and little does he knows that he also got some veggies in too lol) Thanks for the great recipe! Will def make again!"
"This is a great recipe! for a healthier version I made is with canadian bacon (diced). It was so delicious and flavorful that is didn't miss pizza for a night. The helping size was big enough that 1 pan left enough for about 3 meals for 2 people. I am waiting to pull the second one out of the freezer.<br/>This recipe is great for families because there is something for everyone to please. Recommended to my sister for her 2 kids."
"I've been making this casserole since I came across the recipe a few months ago. It's absolutely wonderful, and it freezes beautifully. I make my own Tomato Cream Pasta Sauce to use with it. You can make it as is or play with it to your hearts content. Thank you for a wonderful recipe."
"It was ok, I think it might be the spaghetti sauce that throws it off tasted like a ziti dish with pepperoni and wrong noodles. Maybe if the sauce was a pizza sauce instead of a spaghetti sauce. It wasn't horrible, it just doesn't make it to our meal planner cookbook."
"Very good my boyfriend and I love it. Its easy to make and I love how it makes two pans so we have enough to take to work for a few days."
"*I use recipes as a springboard for my own creativity*<br/>This one ROCKED! I used Italian sausage in place of the ground beef, wheat rotini, pizza seasoning, added fresh shredded spinach (how else would I get my kids to eat it), and canned mushrooms. OhMyGoodness! Had to force my family from the table as opposed to them running off. Can't wait to eat the one in the freezer. Thanks for sharing!"