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Pizza Casserole


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Pizza Casserole


  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons Fustini's Garlic olive oil, divided
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 oz sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni slices, chopped, +8-10 whole slices
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper


A great recipe to adapt your way. Add additional vegetables of your choice or use any of Fustini's herb-infused olive oils. Adapted from southernliving.com


Step 1. 

Preheat the oven to 350°. Cook sausage and garlic in 1 tablespoon of heated olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings in the skillet. Drain sausage mixture on paper towels, and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir marinara sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the sausage mixture.

Step 2. 

Sauté onion and next 3 ingredients in the same pan for 5 minutes or until tender; stir in olives and chopped pepperoni. Reserve 1/4 cup onion mixture and add the rest to the sausage and marinara mixture.  Prepare pasta according to package directions and add to sausage mixture.

Step 3. 

Add remaining olive oil to the same pan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in half-and-half; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 7 to 10 minutes or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in fresh mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, pepper, and remaining salt. Pour sauce over mixture, stirring to coat.

Step 4. 

Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish, and top with additional mozzarella cheese, reserved 1/4 cup onion mixture, and pepperoni slices.  Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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