Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

Thanks to O Organics® and the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own! 

Today I am very excited to share an all-time family favorite recipe with you. I have been making this lightened up Pizza Casserole for my husband ever since we first got married, and he never gets tired of it! This dish is a busy mom’s dream because it….

  • Is crazy easy to put together!
  • Feeds a small army of people!
  • Easily can be made ahead!
  • Makes great leftovers!
  • Freezes beautifully!
  • Is beloved by all who try it!

Like I said, we have a major winner on our hands!

Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

This total winner of a recipe comes to you today thanks to the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and the O Organics® campaign #Organicforall! I love purchasing organic products, but they’re usually significantly more expensive than their non-organic counterparts and just don’t make the budget cut. However, O Organics® products are so easy to find and so affordable, that it’s easy to add organic items into everyday meals without a lot of time, money or effort. Yay!

Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

When we lived in Illinois I frequently bought O Organics® products at Jewel-Osco {which is why I was so excited to work with them}! Now that I live in UT, I find the O Organics® brand at Albertson’s and Safeway stores!

I received a tasty box of organic goodies to experiment with, and was thrilled to use O Organics® Tomato Basil Pasta sauce, Organic Penne, and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make this tasty Pizza Casserole! I was very pleased with the taste, flavor and quality of everything I received (including a delicious jar of Organic peanut butter…YUM)! This year O Organics® will be adding over 100 new products to their line, so there will be even more affordable organic options to choose from!

Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

Let’s get this recipe party started! Begin by cooking your pasta! While that is going on, brown the turkey sausage and make your sauce. Combine the two components and pour the mixture into a baking pan. Top with cheese and pepperoni and bake! So simple and easy!

Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

Once your Pizza Casserole has slightly cooled, top it with some fresh parsley and serve… (although my kids were convinced that it was a vegetable and proceeded to pick off every single piece, then move it to the side of their plates…LOL)!

My husband keeps a list of “dinner ideas” that he references when I ask him what he wants me to cook (you know, when I have run out of creativity and brainpower and need some serious help)! 😉 This Pizza Casserole is at the very top of his list!

Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

Reasons to love this Recipe:

  • Using organic ingredients makes me feel even better about serving this Pizza Casserole to my family!
  • Instead of a thick layer of cheese, this Pizza Casserole calls for a light sprinkling over the top for flavor!
  • Replacing regular sausage & pepperoni with turkey sausage and turkey pepperoni provides a lightened up twist on a usually not-so-healthy dish!

Since this recipe yields a TON of Pizza Casserole, I love making it on weeks when I know I will need to rely on leftovers to feed my family a few times! It’s also great to serve to a large group of friends for dinner! The leftovers freeze beautifully, so if you can’t finish the entire casserole, freezing it for later is always an option!

Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

Pizza Casserole

20 minutes

20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8 people

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (dry) O Organics® Penne Rigate
  • 1 TBS O Organics® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 20 oz (1.25 lbs) Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 jar (25 oz) O Organics® Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
  • 1 TBS Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup turkey pepperoni

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse with cool water and transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large sauté pan or skillet, add 1 TBS olive oil and 20 oz Italian turkey sausage. Sauté until sausage is brown and completely cooked through.
  4. Add pasta sauce to skillet and stir.
  5. Add Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  6. Add sauce mixture to cooked and drained pasta (in a large bowl) and stir to combine.
  7. Pour mixture into a glass 9x13” baking pan.
  8. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  9. Evenly place turkey pepperoni on top.
  10. Put dish (uncovered) into your preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbly. Remove and serve!
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Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

I hope you love this dish as much as we do! Seriously I cannot emphasize enough how excited my entire tribe gets when they hear that Pizza Casserole is what’s for dinner!

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Lightened Up Pizza Casserole! An easy & delicious meal that is kid tested and husband approved!

This post is sponsored by the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and O Organics. Thank you for allowing me to continue creating great recipes for you by supporting partnerships with amazing brands that JoyFoodSunshine loves to work with! As always all opinions are completely my own, and I would never {ever} promote products I didn’t whole-heartedly believe in!