If you haven’t heard of pizza casseroles then where have you been? This pepperoni pizza pasta bake is a perfect one to start with as it is really easy and family-friendly. Once you have mastered this one simply adapt the ingredients as you wish to make your own!

White plate with healthier pizza pasta bake cooked on

Choosing the best ingredients for pizza casseroles

The best way to make any pizza casseroles is to think of them like pizzas. What flavours and toppings do you like on a pizza? It really doesn’t work trying to adapt a standard pasta bake recipe as it is essentially a different meal.

It is for this reason that I would always recommend mozzarella over cheddar. There is no reason you can’t use any cheese you fancy but mozzarella will always give that pizza-like taste.

grated cheese close up

Adapting your pepperoni pizza pasta bake/pizza casserole for weight loss

This isn’t a salad and isn’t full of veggies so I appreciate it isn’t perfect for weight loss but that doesn’t mean it can’t be with a few simple adaptions.

By having a smaller portion of this recipe it will be lower in calories and as such better for a calorie-counting diet. If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Noom or another plan then most of the ingredients should fit into that reasonably well with adaptions.

I would recommend the first adaption to make is to ensure you use the lowest fat mince you can. the calories calculated below are based on 5% fat mince but if you can get 3% fat mince then it is even better of course.

Adding extra veggies is a great way to make this healthier, you could do that either in the pizza casserole/pepperoni pasta bake itself or on the side.

If pepperoni is causing issues for your weight loss plan then consider swapping that for ham, chicken or similar for a lower calorie alternative.

white plate of healthy pizza casserole

Step by step instructions

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F.

boiling pasta in a saucepan

Boil pasta according to directions.

cooked pasta in a pan

Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

raw pork mince in a grey frying pan

In a large frying pan brown the mince. Break the mince apart as it cooks.

pork mince being broken up in a frying pan

When the mince is brown, remove it from the frying pan and allow it to drain on a paper towel.

onions and mushrooms frying in a pan

Add the onions and mushrooms to the frying pan and saute them, then add the mince back into the pan. 

mince onion and mushrooms in a frying pan

Now, add the passata and a handful of the cheese.

passata with mince onion and mushrooms in a frying pan

Stir.

grated cheese on top of passata in a frying pan

Add jalapenos and stir.

jalapenos on top of mince and passata mix in a frying pan

Add the pasta and stir.

cooked pasta on top of the tomato and mince mix in a frying pan

Add all the mixture to a large round casserole dish

mince and pasta all mixed up ready for the oven

Top with grated mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.

skillet showing cheese on top of the pasta mix and pepperoni arranged on top of the cheese

Place the casserole dish into the preheated oven and allow to bake until the cheese is melted.

cooked healthy pizza pasta casserole

Serve immediately.

Pizza pasta bake in a white bowl
Pizza pasta bake/ Pizza casserole

How to serve

I would recommend serving this with some garlic bread if you are not dieting or perhaps a salad if you are.

This recipe makes a comfortable 6 portions but if you are really hungry you can have 4 large portions and really fill your belly!

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Pizza pasta bake in a white bowl

Pepperoni pizza pasta bake (easy pizza casseroles)

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

Scale

400g of fusilli pasta

500g Onion and garlic passata

250g of mushrooms

1 onion, sliced or diced

2 tbsp jalapenos from a jar of sliced jalapenos

200g Grated mozzarella cheese

80g sliced pepperoni

250g Minced pork


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F.

Boil pasta according to directions.

Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

In a large frying pan brown the mince. Break the mince apart as it cooks.

When the mince is brown, remove it from the frying pan and allow it to drain on a paper towel.

Add the onions and mushrooms to the frying pan and saute them, then add the mince back into the pan. 

Now, add the passata and a handful of the cheese.

Stir.

Add jalapenos and stir.

Add the pasta and stir.

Add all the mixture to a large round casserole dish

Top with grated mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.

Place the casserole dish into the preheated oven and allow to bake until the cheese is melted.

Serve immediately.


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  1. This sounds delicious. Always eager to try a healthy alternative while looking for new recipes. Can’t wait to try this and I look forward to adding it to my recipe book. Look forward to reading you blogs which would definitely help me on my weight loss journey.