I know there's not much to this, but kids love it.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Cook and stir ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until meat is crumbly and browned, about 10 minutes; drain excess grease.

  • Mix cooked ground beef, macaroni, pizza sauce, tomato sauce, and mushrooms in a bowl. Layer half the macaroni mixture into a 9x12-inch baking dish; top with 1/2 the mozzarella cheese. Layer remaining macaroni mixture over the top; sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over macaroni mixture. Cover dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese has melted and casserole is bubbling, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

497 calories; protein 37.2g 75% DV; carbohydrates 36.5g 12% DV; fat 21.5g 33% DV; cholesterol 94.3mg 31% DV; sodium 1053.7mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2017
I know some people don't want a reviewer to give a rating based on changes made in the original recipe. I really enjoy reading all the ways people make a certain recipe their own and I feel if a reviewer wants to give the original recipe 5 stars then that's just fine. So...I really wanted to make this but didn't have the exact ingredients. I am putting my changes in this review so people can see there is a lot of latitude in making this and it still turns out great. First I cut the recipe in half as I made it mostly for my 8 y/o. Only had about a half pound of ground beef which I browned with a few additional spices. I used rigatoni noodles. I didn't have a small can of tomato sauce so added some tomato paste to the browning meat. I left out the mushrooms. The rest of the recipe I followed but I kept a bit of the pasta water before draining to add back to the pasta before adding the sauce. It helps the sauce incorporate with the pasta (according to Rachael Ray :) ). My son's verdict was that it tasted just like real pizza. I am sure I will try this again with different pizza topping ingredients. The title really says it all...KID'S favorite pizza casserole. Thanks for the inspiration! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/03/2017
Sort of lame.....American Style Goulash but baked....and most all the kids I know hate mushrooms. Almost nice try. Sub a real veg for the shrooms (bell pepper) or add pepperoni and make it meatier. Read More
(10)
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  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2017
I know some people don't want a reviewer to give a rating based on changes made in the original recipe. I really enjoy reading all the ways people make a certain recipe their own and I feel if a reviewer wants to give the original recipe 5 stars then that's just fine. So...I really wanted to make this but didn't have the exact ingredients. I am putting my changes in this review so people can see there is a lot of latitude in making this and it still turns out great. First I cut the recipe in half as I made it mostly for my 8 y/o. Only had about a half pound of ground beef which I browned with a few additional spices. I used rigatoni noodles. I didn't have a small can of tomato sauce so added some tomato paste to the browning meat. I left out the mushrooms. The rest of the recipe I followed but I kept a bit of the pasta water before draining to add back to the pasta before adding the sauce. It helps the sauce incorporate with the pasta (according to Rachael Ray :) ). My son's verdict was that it tasted just like real pizza. I am sure I will try this again with different pizza topping ingredients. The title really says it all...KID'S favorite pizza casserole. Thanks for the inspiration! Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2015
Less expensive and faster than ordering a pizza. I used only one bag of Pizza Blend Cheese (2 cups, shredded.) I also added a teaspoon or two of Pizza Seasoning to the ground beef. If you're looking for a kid-pleasing dish, try this quick, easy and cheesy casserole. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2017
First time I made this as the recipe stated, and everyone loved it. The second time I used our favorite pizza ingredients.I used Italian Turkey Sausage links that I sautéed with chopped green peppers and yellow onion Omitted the mushrooms and substituted sliced black olives. It is definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2013
I left out the mushrooms but I added pepperoni Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2016
Altered this recipe a bit: Used 1 lb beef 2 c of elbow noodles 4oz jar of pizza sauce 8oz can of tomato sauce turkey pepperoni shredded mozzarella cheese 1 tsp garlic salt and 1 tsp of Italian seasoning. When I browned the beef I sprinkled in some dried onion. Used the layer method described but put the pepperoni in between the layers. Turned out awesome! I will definitely need to double the recipe as it was gobbled up in no time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2013
kept the mushrooms and added pepperoni onions and broccoli. My teenage boys absolutely LOVED it. Thank You for the idea. Kathy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2017
I made this with some changes and my kids and hubby loved it! First of all instead of ground beef I used ground turkey breast. I always cook my meat with water in it and lots of spices (Garlic Mrs. Dash) so I just added the macaroni noodles and cooked both at the same time. We like supreme pizza with loads of veggies so I sauteed a large red onion one large green pepper a couple of stalks of celery and two cartons of mushrooms and several cloves of garlic in some EVOO. Before I put any of the veggies in the pan I added fennel and the garlic to the oil just to flavor it. When all was done I combined placed in glass casserole dish and baked as directed. Served up with a nice salad and garlic knots! My 8 year old son said it was amazing and actually wanted to take some for lunch. My 16 year old daughter said it was "BOMB!" Easy on the wallet easy prepping and absolutely delish! Read More
(10)
Rating: 2 stars
03/03/2017
Sort of lame.....American Style Goulash but baked....and most all the kids I know hate mushrooms. Almost nice try. Sub a real veg for the shrooms (bell pepper) or add pepperoni and make it meatier. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2015
Delicious easy meal! I took other recommendations and added pepperoni and left out the mushrooms. I also mixed the meat and sauces before I added the macaroni. My husband is the picky one and he liked it as much as my one year old! Read More
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