I am sharing an original recipe I put together because I so much enjoyed an appetizer dip from the Pampered Chef. Using that as my inspiration, I came up with this Pizza Casserole. I had forgotten about this recipe, because the last time I made it, was over 5 years ago. I was looking through some old photos of gathered friends, at my house, and remembered serving the casserole for them. This was the first time I had made it for my “new” family. THEY LOVED IT!!
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine cream cheese, soup, and Italian seasonings, mix well. Add into pasta, coating the pasta and put into a large sprayed casserole dish (I like to use a lasagna pan).
In a small bowl, combine mozzarella and parmesan. Sprinkle 1/2 on top of the pasta mixture.
Place meat choices over cheese. Spread pizza sauce over the meat mixture.
Top with bell pepper, onions, and any other toppings. Top with remaining cheese. Bake in the oven until it is bubbly. I place it under the broiler for a few minutes to allow the cheese to turn golden brown.
NOTE** The fat can be reduced in this recipe without changing the flavor. I use Neufchatel (lower fat) cream cheese, reduced fat/reduced sodium Fit N’ Active Cream soup, mozzarella is already one of the healthiest cheeses, and a good healthy sauce. Hunts makes a great naturally low fat spaghetti sauce that is chunky vegetable (with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and more). I do add a bit more seasonings. My family usually can’t tell the difference when I get those veggies in this way!! To have a really quick dinner, use toppings that don't need to be cooked, like pepperoni, diced ham, real bacon bits.