A different way to make pizza. You can use Italian sausage instead of ground beef. Great for a busy family.


Recipe Summary

5 mins
1 hr 50 mins
1 hr 55 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook kluski noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir marinara sauce and pizza sauce into ground beef.

  • Arrange half of the cooked noodles in the bottom of a slow cooker, cover with half of the ground beef mixture, half of the pepperoni, half of the mushrooms, and half of the cheese. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients, respectively.

  • Cook on Low for 1 1/2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

678 calories; protein 41g 82% DV; carbohydrates 52.5g 17% DV; fat 33.2g 51% DV; cholesterol 160.5mg 54% DV; sodium 1143.8mg 46% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Well. It's not a pizza, is it? What it is is a fun way to get the sort of flavors you would get on a peperoni pizza in a pasta casserole type of dish. Which is quite enjoyable, actually. The recipe provides a nice base for your own experiments. And I do suggest you experiment, otherwise the result might be quite bland (depending on the kind of marinara sauce you're using). I had to use regular pasta because kluski weren't available, but I can't imagine it makes too much of a difference. I added some chopped onions to the sauce, as well as some garlic, a splash of Worcestershire Sauce and some red pepper flakes to give it some zing. You may also want to add some salt and a pinch of sugar to the sauce. Will likely use fresh mushrooms instead of canned next time. I love using the slow cooker, but this would work just as well in the oven (which would probably give the cheese a nice crust). Overall it's comfort food for when you can't decide between pizza and pasta or if you find making lasagna too complicated. Tastes as you would expect it to; (literally) make of it what you will with your own variations. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made a double batch of this for a family get together and thought for sure I'd made way too much. It filled my large slow cooker to the top, but it was such a hit there wasn't any left over. The only changes i made were to decrease the amount of mushrooms because we're not keen on those. I also used half ground beef and half pork sausage for an extra depth of flavor. My family loved it and I'm planning to make it again next week. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I liked this.. used turkey pepperoni and a lean ground beef. I did cut back on the amount of noodles and I am glad I did. I think this could use even fewer noodles or more sauce. The ground beef was rather bland in an otherwise tasty dish so I would suggest seasoning the beef before you add it to the crockpot. Regarding the cooking method.. next time I will just put it in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. I don't think the crockpot cooking added much to it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy to make and tastes great! makes a ton of food too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was easy and good! All three regularly reticent men were vocally appreciative! we used moose meat and it was that much better. this recipe made a lot though - filled one layer in both of my casserole dishes plus made 12 cupcake-sized lunch packers. (I didn't grease first just put a bit of cheese on the bottom - baked at 350 for 15 minutes and let coo completely before removing to a freezer bag.) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Turned out great! I had to substitute wide egg noodles because Kluski noodles are no where to be found in my area. Other than that I made it as described. Because it turned out so well I'm definitely making this again. Next Time however I will try it with an Italian Sausage beef mix instead of beef only. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was a big hit at the work potluck I took this to. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for our annual "cookie day" lunch and everyone loved it! It's the perfect taste combination of pizza and pasta. It was very easy to put together and throw into the crock pot for an hour and a half. I will definitely be making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
really enjoyed it and so did my two toddlers. Read More