Pizza Rice Casserole: A Twist on Classic Comfort Food

When it comes to comfort food, few things can beat the combination of cheesy goodness and hearty flavors. If you’re looking to satisfy your cravings with a dish that effortlessly marries the essence of pizza and the comforting appeal of a casserole, then Pizza Rice Casserole is just the recipe for you. This delightful fusion of ingredients will transport your taste buds on a journey of flavors, creating a satisfying and memorable dining experience. So, let’s dive into the world of this mouthwatering casserole and learn how to recreate it in your own kitchen.

Equipment: 

Ingredients:

    • 2 cups cooked rice

    • 1 pound ground beef

    • 1 onion, chopped

    • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni

    • 2 cups tomato sauce

    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (divided)

    • 1 teaspoon salt

    • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (divided)

    • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or cream cheese

    • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese

    • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

instructions:

Prepare the Meat Sauce: In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and chopped onion over medium heat until the beef is browned and the onion is tender. Drain any excess fat, then add the tomato sauce, chopped pepperoni, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt, and 1/2 tsp oregano to the skillet. Stir well to combine all the ingredients, and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Create the Cheesy Mixture: In a separate bowl, combine the cooked rice, shredded mozzarella or cream cheese, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp oregano with the cottage cheese. Mix well until the cheeses are evenly incorporated, creating a creamy mixture.

Assemble the Casserole: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 2-quart casserole dish to prevent sticking. Begin assembling the layers by spreading one-half of the rice mixture on the bottom of the dish. Next, layer one-half of the meat sauce on top of the rice. Repeat this process, ending with a layer of meat sauce on top.

Add the Cheesy Finishing Touch: Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly over the top layer of meat sauce, allowing it to melt and create a golden crust.

Bake to Perfection: Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and bubbly, and the cheese has melted and turned golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy: Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve while still warm. This dish pairs well with a crisp green salad or garlic bread, adding a refreshing contrast to the savory flavors.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER casserole

If there are any leftovers, place in an airtight container and once cooled, place in the refrigerator. The leftovers reheat very well and tastes amazing even over the next couple days. 

    • Conclusion: Pizza Rice Casserole effortlessly combines the familiar flavors of pizza with the comforting appeal of a casserole. With layers of seasoned ground beef, tangy tomato sauce, creamy cheeses, and fluffy rice, this dish is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or simply looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dinner option, this recipe is sure to impress. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a flavorful adventure with Pizza Rice Casserole.

If you’re looking for more easy casserole ideas, check out my Chicken Dump Casserole recipe HERE!

Pizza Rice Casserole

When it comes to comfort food, few things can beat the combination of cheesy goodness and hearty flavors. If you're looking to satisfy your cravings with a dish that effortlessly marries the essence of pizza and the comforting appeal of a casserole, then Pizza Rice Casserole is just the recipe for you. This delightful fusion of ingredients will transport your taste buds on a journey of flavors, creating a satisfying and memorable dining experience. So, let's dive into the world of this mouthwatering casserole and learn how to recreate it in your own kitchen.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • 1 Large Skillet
  • 1 2-quart Casserole Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Cooked White Rice You can also use brown rice
  • 1 pound Ground Beef You can also use ground turkey
  • 1 med Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 2 cups Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pepperoni
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder Divided
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Oregano Divided
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella OR Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar

Instructions
 

Prepare the Meat Sauce:

  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and chopped onion over medium heat until the beef is browned and the onion is tender. Drain any excess fat, then add the tomato sauce, chopped pepperoni, garlic powder, salt, and oregano to the skillet. Stir well to combine all the ingredients, and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Create the Cheesy Mixture:

  • In a separate bowl, combine the rice, shredded mozzarella or cream cheese with the cottage cheese. Mix well until the cheeses are evenly incorporated, creating a creamy mixture.

Assemble the Casserole:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 2-quart casserole dish to prevent sticking. Begin assembling the layers by spreading one-half of the rice mixture on the bottom of the dish. Next, layer one-half of the meat sauce on top of the rice. Repeat this process, ending with a layer of meat sauce on top.

Add the Cheesy Finishing Touch:

  • Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly over the top layer of meat sauce, allowing it to melt and create a golden crust.

Bake to Perfection:

  • Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and bubbly, and the cheese has melted and turned golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve while still warm. This dish pairs well with a crisp green salad or garlic bread, adding a refreshing contrast to the savory flavors.

Notes

Pizza Rice Casserole effortlessly combines the familiar flavors of pizza with the comforting appeal of a casserole. With layers of seasoned ground beef, tangy tomato sauce, creamy cheeses, and fluffy rice, this dish is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Whether you're hosting a casual gathering or simply looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dinner option, this recipe is sure to impress. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a flavorful adventure with Pizza Rice Casserole.
Keyword casserole, italian, pizza

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