Lori's Creamy Pizza Casserole

Lori Moore

By
@lori4christ

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!


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Serves:

8

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Creamy and delicious you're going to love this casserole! The mix of condensed soup and cream cheese make this so creamy. I used ham, pepperoni and Italian sausage as the meat and loved the combo. I added some mushrooms to the top too. Yummy! But customize the recipe to suit your taste. It's quick, easy and feeds a big crowd.

Ingredients

8 oz
package cream cheese softened
1 can(s)
cream of mushroom soup
4 c
cooked pasta of your choice
2 Tbsp
dried Italian seasoning
3 c
mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 c
Parmesan cheese
16 oz
jar of spaghetti sauce
1/4 c
green pepper chopped
1/4 c
chopped onion or green onion
any meats you like on your pizza. Some of the ones I use: pepperoni, diced ham, bacon, ground chuck (browned and crumbled), Italian sausage (browned and crumbled)
any other toppings you like on your pizza can be added: mushrooms, black olives, etc.

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine cream cheese, soup, and Italian seasonings, mix well.
2
Add into pasta, coating the pasta and put into a large sprayed casserole dish (I like to use a lasagna pan). 


3
In a small bowl, combine mozzarella and Parmesan.
4
Sprinkle 1/2 on top of the pasta mixture.
5
Place meat choices over cheese.
6
Spread pizza sauce over the meat mixture.
7
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.
8
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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy