This slow cooker pizza casserole is seriously one of our favorite meals! It is packed with tasty sauce, cheesy goodness, and pizza toppings all in your crockpot! Not only is it a great dinner for your family, but it’s great when you’re having a get together for the big game or other reason. Special thanks goes out to Ragu® for sponsoring this post. Let me show you just how easy this slow cooker pizza casserole is to make, it’s one of our favorite crockpot recipes. (originally published 3/16)
I know, yes……it IS that delicious!! You and your kids can thank me later. 😉 Now when you’re thinking pizza think of your favorite toppings. This easy crockpot recipe is really versatile so you can make it as plain or packed with toppings as you want. We opted for pepperoni and sausage this time, but throwing in some olives is great too! Now I typically pick up a 3 pack of Ragu® when I am at Sam’s Club at the beginning of the month when I am meal planning and put this slow cooker pizza casserole as well as my crockpot lasagna recipe on the schedule. Their traditional style of sauce and the quality of their sauce goes perfectly with several of our favorite meals throughout the week and when I’m planning for get togethers like the big game. 1 pack of 3 will be enough for both of these meals, and The Big Game party I’m putting together….done!
You can go ahead and grab the mozzarella cheese, penne pasta (usually sold in a 5 pack of 1 lb. boxes), and any toppings you generally like on pizza while you’re there. Now for this recipe, and to fill a 6 qt. crockpot, I use an entire bottle of Ragu® (love the traditional flavor of this sauce), 1 1/2 lbs. of penne pasta, 3 cups of cheese and all my toppings. If you are having a smaller get together you could cut this in half and use a smaller slow cooker.
Now first you will want to get a pot of water boiling to cook your noodles. I boil them until they are al dente because they will cook a bit longer and soften a bit when you put them in with all the other ingredients. Shred your cheese and cook your sausage or any other uncooked meats you want to put into your pizza casserole.
Now pour some Ragu® on the bottom of your crockpot just to cover it, maybe 1 1/2 cups. Then we are going to layer our other items kinda’ like lasagna. Put about 1/3 of your noodles on top of your sauce, then your toppings, then your mozzarella cheese, then layer again.
I usually have about 3 layers so I divide (eyeball) each things into thirds and layer that way. End with your cheese and just what’s left over of your sauce at the top. Here’s how easy it is to make.
If I am having people over I will make this at about noon to have it ready by 2ish….then turn it on “keep warm” and leave it for the duration of time we have guests there so people can get up and get 2nds….and 3rds…..I’m telling you this will be a hit!! Here is a printable recipe for you.
Slow cooker pizza casserole recipe
- 1 45 oz. jar of Ragu® sauce
- 3 c. mozzarella cheese (or more)
- 1 1/2 lb. penne pasta
- 1 c. mini pepperoni (or more)
- any other pizza toppings
- Precook your penne pasta noodles but leave a bit al dente. Cook any meats such as sausage before putting into your pizza casserole. Layer RaguÂ® sauce, then 1/3 of your cooked noodles, pizza toppings, and cheese until there is nothing left to layer (will be about 3 layers in a 6 qt. crockpot). Put on low for 2-3 hrs. Can keep on warm or just turn off and keep the lid on for several hours.
This slow cooker pizza casserole is a great recipe for a party because it is a hit with everyone and once you spend the 30 min. or so preparing it you won’t have to touch it again during the party itself, you can just turn it on warm and enjoy yourself. It can stay in there for a few hours and is great the next day warmed up for lunch too!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ragu®. The opinions and text are all mine.
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