Italian Pasta Casserole Recipe

Quick and easy to prepare ... you can bake this casserole right away for freeze it for later.
  • Ready in: 55 minutes
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 35 minutes
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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (13 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ( 3.25 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

cooking methods

  • Bake


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium-high heat, cook and crumble sausage until no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes. Drain off liquid.
  3. Stir in next 6 ingredients and cooked pasta. Transfer to a greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Top with pepperoni and cheese.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

Makes 8 servings.

Serve with garlic bread and fruit.

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare through step 3 and cool; transfer to a gallon freeze bag. Place cheese in a quart freezer bag. Place cheese bag and pepperoni package in a gallon freezer bag. Seal well, label and freeze both bags together. Thaw completely. Preheat oven to 350°F and continue with step 3.

Nutrition per Serving: Calories: 520 Total Fat: 22g Sat. Fat: 8g Cholest: 55mg Sodium: 1,100mg Carbs: 55g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Protein: 20g

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great go to Dish This was made in a flash, and tasted amazing - Thank you for saving me time and helping me feed my family something different each time!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy delicious dinner This is so easy to make and easy to substitute ingredients. I have made this as is as well as substituting spaghetti squash (which you can cook in the microwave!) for the noodles. I've also used half Italian Sausage, half ground turkey as well as just ground turkey. Love this recipe!
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New to us Never had pepperoni in a pasta meal before and this was so good! We used gluten free noodles as well.
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Needed More Sauce My dish turned out a little dry? I'm going to add a prepared jar of tomato sauce, when I reheat the leftovers.
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing dinner with a little kick!! My family LOVES this meal and I love that I can make it on the spot or ahead of time and toss it in the freezer!! This is quickly becoming a requested dinner in our house :)
Date published: 2014-09-28
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