Clean Eating · School Lunches

Pizza Casserole

I remember one of the greatest most helpful things people did for me when on bedrest and after having the twins was dinners. It really helped me out and made things a little easier on me. One of my kiddos favorite dishes brought over from my older sister was Pizza Casserole. It is easy to make and can be also done as a freezer meal. I had an idea how she made it but called her up to get more specifics. I also was going to make it with rice noodles (bonus she said she has made it that way too and turned out well). With rice noodles you want to be certain not to over cook them. I make mine until they are just about done since it will still go into the oven to finish off. If you like more of saucy pizza you can increase the pizza sauce amount.

We enjoyed this casserole for lunch with a side salad. I used the leftovers today for school lunch. I love that my kiddos are not picky about having certain food being hot or cold! I am sharing how I made the recipe below.

Pizza Casserole

Ingredients

  • 16oz bag of rice noodles or Brown Rice and Quinoa Pasta ( I get mine from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2-2.5lbs of ground turkey ( can also use beef)
  • Pepperoni
  • 2- 15oz cans of pizza sauce ( I use this brand)
  • Goat Gouda Cheese- or Raw Milk Cheese (I shred myself and get from Trader Joe’s)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder

Oil a 9×13 pan and set aside. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

* next time I will double the meat and sauce and split into 2 dishes using the same amount of rice noodles. I personally like more meat sauce compared to the noddles.

Grab your meat and noodles.IMG_0406

Cook your pasta until just done. I cooked for approx. 7 minutes.  Drain and rinse.IMG_0399

As the pasta was cooking, I also cooked the ground turkey. Add a little avocado oil to the pan and add the turkey. I sprinkled in the seasonings. You can also use Italian seasoning, but I didn’t have any on hand. Sorry I didn’t measure, just eye balled it.

Once the meat is done cooking add in the pizza sauce to the cooked meat.IMG_0395

Grease the pan and add some sauce mix to the bottom. Then layer noodles, meat mixture, pepperoni, and cheese. Repeat layers. IMG_0400

Bake in oven at 350 degrees uncovered for 30 minutes. IMG_0401

Remove from oven and let cool. Dish out onto plates and serve! I served mine also with a side salad.IMG_0404

Kiddos took the leftovers today in their lunchbots for school lunch. Served with strawberries and broccoli slaw. IMG_0405

Enjoy a great twist on making pizza. Yum!

*I did edit this post 4/2017 to make changes to double the meat and sauce in recipe as I stated above!

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