Cheesy White Pizza Casserole [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

White Pizza Casserole is a delicious blend of cheesy white pizza sauce, pasta and lots of pepperonis, baked to crispy perfection in a casserole dish.

Casserole recipes are a staple around here, they are easy to make and usually make enough leftovers that you don’t have to worry about cooking dinner the next day. My other favorites are Cheesy Crack Chicken CasseroleChicken Hash-brown Casserole. and Chicken Spaghetti Casserole.

White Pizza Casserole

Cheesy White Pizza Casserole

White Pizza Casserole is such a delicious dinner that is easy to make and feeds a large family. I can never say no to cheese and pasta and if it would be my way, I would probably survive on pizza and ice cream. Well, I do love greens and healthy meals, but pizza and pasta are my weaknesses.

Now, wouldn’t it be great if the two were combined, by making a White Pizza Casserole from pasta? That is one delicious decision that you will not regret. This easy meal is always a hit, its cheesy, with a crispy pepperoni top, and all the flavors of a tasty pizza in casserole form. Kids will also fall in love with this casserole.

This recipe is so easy and adaptable that you can add your favorite mix-ins just like you would choose them to top a pizza. The combinations are endless, you just have to use your imagination and use the ones you like more. I am a huge fan of adding just pepperoni.

We also like this casserole with spicy jalapeños, sausage, and chicken. You can make it vegetarian by mixing in mushrooms, tomatoes and a handful of fresh spinach. Or transform into a Margherita casserole by adding 1/3 cup pesto and cherry tomatoes, top it with fresh buffalo mozzarella for the ultimate cheesy top!

White Pizza Casserole Recipe

Recipe Tips

  • Use quality pepperoni, it will make a huge difference in this dish.
  • If you prefer the casserole spicy add jalapenos, or add some hot sauce into mixture.
  • This meal is loaded with cheese, don’t skip it, its what makes it so creamy and comforting.
  • Mozzarella cheese can also be substituted with provolone cheese or sharp cheddar. For a spicy twist, use Pepper Jack.
  • You can add sliced mushrooms or black pitted olives to this dish.

Can you use other meats to make this Casserole?

Absolutely! You can substitute pepperoni with chicken, turkey or bacon. The cooking time might vary as well based on each meat type.

How to freeze and thaw this Cheesy White Pizza Casserole?

To freeze, cover pan tightly with plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 30-45 min.

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5 from 4 reviews
White Pizza Casserole
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 4 cups  dry penne pasta  (cook based on package directions)
  • 2 1/2 cups  shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 6 oz  pepperoni's 

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter 
  • 1  medium onion  (minced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon  all-purpose flour 
  • 2 cups  heavy cream  (warm)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  fresh thyme  (diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  fresh oregano  (chopped leaves only)
  • 1/2 cup  parmesan  (grated)
  •  salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet or saucepan over low heat, add butter once almost melted and diced onion and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. T
  4. Add the flour and stir to distribute flour. Increase heat up to medium and cook for a minute or two stirring continuously.
  5. Slowly stir in warmed cream in a slow drizzle and stir constantly to avoid lumps.
  6. Bring cream mixture to a very slight simmer and cook until it thickens slightly.
  7. When the sauce is the consistency of a gravy, season it with fresh thyme, oregano and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  8. Remove it from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
  9. Cook penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  10. Add cooked pasta, 3/4 of the pepperoni's, 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and the white pizza sauce to a large bowl and gently toss to combine.
  11. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13'' pan. Sprinkle 1 1/s cups of mozzarella cheese on top (you can use more or less cheese), top with remaining pepperoni pieces.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbling.
  13. For a golden brown top, broil for the last minutes of baking.
  14. Enjoy!
Calories: 593 Carbohydrates: 65 Protein: 35 Fat: 20 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 86 Sodium: 997 Potassium: 486 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 7 Vitamin A: 545 Vitamin C: 1.7 Calcium: 471 Iron: 2.2 g
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Paula - bell'alimento

I'd do extra time on the treadmill so I could have a bowl of this!

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Demeter

I love that the family can customize this however they like! Everyone's happy!

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Sabrina

This looks fantastic! I know this will quickly become a family favorite!

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Jen

This would be fun to add in half of what the kids like and half of what the parents like! Loving the cheesy goodness!

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Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

I am thinking of all the ways I can change this up as I am reading your mix in ideas! They all sound amazing!

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Amanda

Oh wow, that is so cheesy and perfect! My kids will love it!

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Delaney | Melanie Makes

This casserole looks so delicious!

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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

That's the perfect comfort food right there!

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LaTrice

The White Pizza Casserole is so freaking delicious!! My sister made this recipe for dinner last night, and I was enjoying every single bite. The pasta is rich, and a little goes a very long way. It's comfort food at its finest. Thank you, Catalina for this amazing recipe. :-)

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Beth LaMotte

Absolutely delish.  I bumped up the veggies by adding sautéed mushrooms, fresh baby spinach, and sundried tomatoes.  I did not have fresh herbs so I used Italian seasoning.

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Andrea

4 cups uncooked pasta or 4 cups cooked pasta?

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uncooked and cook to package directions

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Sally

How is this a WW dish? It is over 32 points...

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who said this is a WW dish?

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Nettie

Made the Cheesy White Pizza Casserole last night following the directions as written.  It was very good; we both had seconds and I will make it again.  I used a 9X13 pan but will use a smaller pan next time so the casserole will be thicker (in height).  The recipe does not give an oven temperature so I cooked it at 350 degrees.  

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Hi Nettie, thank you for your comment, we are glad you have enjoyed it. The temperature is at 350 degrees F and is listed in the recipe card, you probably missed it. Thanks!

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Kari

Sooooo good! I made the recipe as written except for leaving out the pepperoni for part of it and cooking in two pans. Everyone gobbled it down and my husband even said it tasted like restaurant food! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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Nettie

Made this again following the recipe as written - so good.  I probably need to double the recipe next time to have more left over.  I like this recipe better than pizza casserole using a red sauce as that is too close in taste to spaghetti casserole.

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Audrey Batterman

I’d like to prepare a few pans to freeze them for later. Do I need to cook them thoroughly first or freeze once I have everything in the pans? Thanks.

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Don't cook, the pasta will be overcooked it you do so. Just mix and freeze.

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