Pepperoni and Cheese Casserole

I’m always trying to get my kids to try new things at dinner, and I will admit that I fail quiet a bit. I remember as a kid that there were no options at dinner time. What was served was what you were going to eat, and that means things you probably did not ever want to try. Things like cooked cabbage, or heaven forbid, a vegetable. But today, well, it seems like kids, and my kids, have options, and there are times where they simply refuse to eat. One of my picky eaters refuses to eat melted cheese. Yep, I said it, refuses melted cheese. However, this kid loves pepperoni pizza. Pepperoni pizza has melted cheese, right? Ok, you get it. So this past week I was about to try something that I knew this kid loved (pepperoni pizza), but tweak it a bit and make it into a pepperoni casserole.

Pepperoni Casserole Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients: [ Print this Recipe ]

  • 1 lb your favorite pasta
  • 32 oz your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1/2 lb ground beef, cooked
  • 5 large leaves of fresh Italian basil, chopped
  • 1 cup of Wisconsin cheese curds
  • 2 cups of Queso Quesadilla, shredded
  • 30 slices of pepperoni
  • salt
  • pepper

Begin by making the sauce for the casserole. To a saucepan, add in the tomato sauce. Add in the cooked ground beef, and the chopped basil leaves. Season with a bit of salt and pepper, to taste. Let this simmer while you cook your pasta.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients for Making Pepperoni Casserole

When you are ready to make the casserole, simply ladle some sauce into the bottom of a casserole dish. Add a layer of cooked pasta, add in a mixture of the cheese curds and shredded cheese, and then top with some pepperoni. Repeat, with another layer, then top that off with the remaining sauce.

Place this in the oven, uncovered for 35 minutes.

When you remove it from the oven, the pepperoni should be lightly charred, and the cheese should be fully melted. Let this cool for about 10 minutes before slicing into it.

To serve, cut a slice and garnish with fresh basil.

The end result is nothing but amazing. Every bite was delicious. It’s like pepperoni pizza, similar to lasagna, and all wrapped up in a casserole. Did I win with my picky eater? No. Not even a bite. Did I win with everyone else? Yes. This is a great comforting recipe any time of the year.  I hope you enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

4 thoughts to “Pepperoni and Cheese Casserole”

  1. This is such a clever recipe. My little girl adores anything that has cheese. Will a little spinach or any greens be added? Perhaps we can…Thanks for sharing.

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