Make Ahead Pizza Casserole

Make Ahead Pizza Casserole

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  • 1

    lb mild Italian pork sausage

  • 2

    cups water

  • 1

    can (15 oz) pizza sauce

  • 1

    can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with sweet onion, undrained

  • 4

    cups uncooked rotini pasta (10 oz)

  • 1

    can (2¼ oz) sliced ripe olives, drained

  • cups shredded mozzarella or pizza cheese blend (6 oz)


* 1In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain. * 2In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, mix water, pizza sauce and tomatoes. Stir in cooked sausage, uncooked pasta and olives (pasta should be completely covered with sauce). Cover tightly with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. * 3When ready to bake, heat oven to 350°F. Stir casserole; cover with foil and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until bubbly. * 4Uncover baking dish; stir mixture. Sprinkle with cheese; bake uncovered 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Olives add some color contrast to this casserole, but you can omit them for a more kid-friendly meal. Serve with warm breadsticks and a green salad.


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