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Make-Ahead Pizza Casserole

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Make-Ahead Pizza Casserole


  • 1 lb. mild Italian sausage
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pizza sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with sweet onion, drained
  • 4 cups (10 oz.) uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella or pizza cheese
  • The Game Plan

    1. In 10-in. skillet, cook sausage, stirring frequently, until no longer pink;drain.

    2. In ungreased 13x9 inch 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.

    3. When ready to bake, heat oven to 350. Stir casserole; cover with foil and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until bubbly.

    4. Uncover baking dish; stir mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, bake uncovered 5 min. longer or until cheese is melted.

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