Pizza Casserole

Pizza casserole
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This is one of these classic “throw together” casseroles that are so synonymous with Amish cooking.  Most Amish moms have a six, eight, ten or more mouths to feed so suppers that are hearty, inexpensive, and easy are prized.  The average Amish homemaker is busy with sewing, cleaning, helping children with homework, keeping the stove running in winter, laundry, tending to any sick, writing letters, etc…as the children get older they can and do help with housework but, still, given the myriad of tasks an Amish Mom needs to balance recipes that are hearty and easy carry the day and this recipe is one of those.  This “pizza casserole” comes from our archives and was first shared in The Amish Cook column back in the 1990s by Elizabeth Coblentz.  It combines the relatively new-found Amish love of pizza with a traditional hearty casserole.  Most Amish cooks will use homemade pizza sauce, noodles, and cottage cheese in this recipe,but you can use store-bought.

Pizza Casserole
Makes 6 to 8 servings

8 ounces noodles, cooked
1 pound hamburger
1 cup diced onion
1 cup fresh sour cream
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup diced or shredded Colby cheese

Cook noodles until tender. Drain and place into 9-inch-by-13-inch baking

In order, layer hamburger, onion, sour cream, pizza sauce, cottage cheese
and Colby cheese on top of noodles. Do NOT stir.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until cheese on top is bubbly.

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The Discussion

  1. If you include a photo, we can send it to pinterest. This looks better than the pizza casserole recipe I tried a year ago that was based on bsicuit mix, and was very greasy. This one could be lightened up a bit with low-fat sour cream and cottage cheese, but since it feeds quite a crew (I’d guess six at least) with some veggies on the side, it isn’t bad. (Hint about sour cream: Put plain yogurt in a doubled layer of cheesecloth or in a coffee filter in a filter cone, suspend over a bowl, leave about 4-12 hours in the refrigerator. Use the drained whey in baking and use the firmer yogurt just like sour cream.)

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  2. Linda from KY says:

    No offense, but Colby cheese with pizza is just wrong. If I made this I’d substitute mozzarella cheese and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.

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  3. ruthie kufeldt says:

    i made this but used mozzarella cheese.had company to eat it andi will make it is a good dish to take to a potluck. it was a big hit!!it is a good dish to take to a potluck!!

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    • Ruthie, thank you so much for taking the time to tell us how it turned out! Glad it turned out well!

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  4. I am unsure of whether the hamburger is to be cooked first — I assume it is, but the recipe doesn’t say?

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