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5 from 4 votes
Cook Time : 3 hrs
Total Time : 3 hrs 20 mins
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Last Updated on October 18, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

This Crockpot Pizza Casserole is an easy and delicious way to enjoy pizza for dinner! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

If you love Instant Pizza Casserole then this is the recipe for you. This casserole is filled with cheesy goodness, tender pasta, and flavorful pepperoni. You can never go wrong with this dish.

Crockpot Pizza Casserole on a plate garnished with grated parmesan cheese and parsley.

Crockpot Pizza Pasta

This crockpot meal is loaded with flavorful pepperoni. While pepperoni sometimes gets a bad rep it is loaded with nutrients such as protein, B vitamins, and zinc.

So with this family-friendly casserole, you can be sure that your kids are getting a healthy dose of protein that they won’t complain about.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to enjoy pizza, look no further than this Crockpot Pizza Casserole! Made with just a few simple ingredients that everyone will love (plus it’s perfect if your schedule is busy!), the recipe can be thrown together in less than 5 minutes.

  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love Italian slow cooker recipes like this one, then you may also enjoy this Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches recipe.

Ingredients

ingredients needed to make crockpot pizza casserole.

Ingredients

Making this Crockpot Pizza Casserole is easy and you only need a handful of ingredients to help you make this recipe. All of the ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store or you may already have them on hand in your pantry.

Bowtie pasta – Farfalle pasta is a family favorite, but you can use any shape of pasta that you have on hand. Rigatoni, Ziti, or even penne can work for this crock pot recipe. 

Pepperoni – I like to use thinly sliced pepperoni but you can use pepperoni chunks instead if you prefer it.

Substitutions

Ground Beef: Instead of ground beef you can use ground turkey or ground chicken to make this recipe.

Pasta Sauce: Instead of pasta sauce you can use pizza sauce.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

You can easily tailor this recipe to your liking by adding in different toppings or ingredients. Here are a few ideas for you to try:

Add in some veggies – Sliced mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and olives would be great in this recipe.

Make it extra cheesy – Add extra shredded mozzarella cheese or even some more Parmesan cheese to the recipe.

Add some spice – If you like things with a little bit of a kick, try adding in some red pepper flakes or diced jalapeños.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this delicious recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this pizza pasta without much effort at all.

  • slow cooker – you will need at least a 6-quart slow cooker to make sure you have plenty of room for the pasta.

How to Make Crockpot Pizza Casserole

Making this Crockpot Pizza Casserole is so easy. Just follow these instructions below and you’ll have a hearty and tasty meal that your entire family will love in no time at all.

Step 1: Brown the ground beef and onions

Add the ground beef and onions to a skillet over medium-high heat, and saute until the meat is browned and the onions have softened. Drain the excess fat.

Ground beef and onions are being sautéed in the skillet.

Step 2: Add the pasta sauce and water to the slow cooker

Combine the pasta sauce, water, all but 16 of the pepperoni slices, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese in the crockpot.

Pasta sauce, water, pepperoni slices, and mozzarella cheese inside the crockpot.

Step 3: Mix in the pasta noodles

Mix in the pasta noodles, and stir to combine.

Pasta sauce, water, pepperoni slices, mozzarella cheese and pasta noodles inside the crockpot.

Step 4: Add garlic and seasonings to the skillet

Add the garlic and salt and pepper to taste to the skillet with the meat and onions. Stir to combine, and saute another minute.

Garlic is being poured into the meat.

Step 5: Add the meat mixture to the slow cooker

Pour the meat mixture into the crockpot, and stir to combine.

The meat mixture is poured into the crockpot.

Step 6: Top the casserole with the remaining cheese and pepperoni

Top the mixture in the crockpot with the remaining mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.

Pizza Casserole mixture topped with the remaining cheese and pepperoni.

Step 7: Cook on low

Cook on low for 3 hours. Test the noodles at this point, and cook on low for an additional hour if not tender.

Step 8: Garnish and serve

Garnish with the parmesan cheese and serve. 

Crockpot Pizza Casserole on a plate garnished with grated parmesan cheese and parsley.

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve this cheesy pasta with a fresh bread side dish like these Air Fryer Breadsticks and end the meal with a slice of these Raspberry Blondies.

Crockpot Pizza Casserole on a plate garnished with grated parmesan cheese and parsley.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to help you make the best Crockpot Pizza Casserole possible.

  • I always recommend using lean ground beef because it has less fat and calories.
  • Browning the beef before adding it to the crockpot helps to remove any excess fat.
  • If you want to add veggies to this recipe, I recommend sauteing them before adding them to the crockpot so they don’t get overcooked.
  • I recommend spraying the slow cooker well with nonstick cooking spray or using a slow cooker liner for easy clean-up.
  • You can also change up the protein in this recipe by using Italian sausage or adding Canadian bacon. 

FAQs

Do you have questions about this crockpot pizza casserole recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

How to store

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat the casserole in the microwave in 30-second intervals until warmed through. You can also reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees F until heated through.

Can this be frozen?

Yes, this recipe can easily be frozen. Store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up three months.

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Crockpot Pizza Casserole

Corinne Schmitt
This Crockpot Pizza Casserole is beefy, cheesy and always a family-favorite recipe.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 712 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • large skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces Bowtie pasta
  • 28 ounces Pasta sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 ½ pounds Ground beef
  • ½ Red onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Minced garlic
  • ½ cup Pepperoni slices divided
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese divided
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add the ground beef and onion to a skillet over medium high heat, and saute until the meat is browned and onions have softened.
  • Drain the excess fat.
  • Combine the pasta sauce, water, all but 16 of the pepperoni slices and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese in the crockpot.
  • Mix in the pasta noodles, and stir to combine.
  • Add the garlic and salt and pepper to taste to the skillet with the meat and onions. Stir to combine, and saute another minute.
  • Pour the meat mixture into the crockpot, and stir to combine.
  • Top the mixture in the crockpot with the remaining mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours. Test the noodles at this point, and cook on low an additional hour if not tender.
  • Garnish with the parmesan cheese and serve.

Video

Notes

  • I always recommend using lean ground beef because it has less fat and calories.
  • Browning the beef before adding it to the crockpot helps to remove any excess fat.
  • If you want to add veggies to this recipe, I recommend sauteing them before adding them to the crockpot so they don’t get overcooked.
  • I recommend spraying the slow cooker well with nonstick cooking spray or using a slow cooker liner for easy clean-up.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 712kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 40gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 1165mgPotassium: 905mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 862IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Crockpot Pizza Casserole, Slow Cooker PIzza Pasta
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