Crock-Pot Pizza Casserole is a simple but yummy crock-pot meal made with ground venison, pasta, onions, bell peppers, pepperoni, mushrooms, sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese.
This is one of those simple meals that you’ll want to make time and time again. It’s easy, everyone will love it, especially kids, and the leftovers are great! You can add other pizza toppings if you’d like, such as sausage, black olives, or even bacon!
Crock-Pot Pizza Casserole
Prep Time: 7 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Hours
Serving Size: 1.5 Cups
Total Time: 5 Hours and 7 Minutes
Calories Per Serving: 360
1 lb venison, ground
6 oz sliced pepperoni
16 oz box of Spiral Pasta
1 cup of water
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 jars of chunky mushroom and green pepper pasta sauce (48 ounces)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, brown the ground venison burger with onion, green bell pepper, and pepperoni and remove from heat.
Spray a large crock-pot with non-stick spray and add everything except for the mozzarella cheese.
You will cook on low for about 5 hours. After cooking for 4.5 hours, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and let it cook for the remaining 30 minutes.
Serve hot and enjoy!
This is great served with a salad and garlic bread and is even better the next day as leftovers. If you take lunch to work everyone will be wondering what that wonderful smell is. Oh, and it makes the house smell so good while it’s cooking in the crock-pot too.
Crock-Pot Pizza Casserole is loaded with protein and vitamin C and also has calcium, iron, and vitamin A.
Unfortunately, it also might be too high in cholesterol, fat, and sodium for some.
See my tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.
Crock-Pot Pizza Casserole Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 Cups
Calories from fat: 40%
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 54 mg
Sodium 813 mg
Potassium 210 mg
Total Carbohydrates 41 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 10 g
Protein 21 g
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 32%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc.
To make this recipe more diet-friendly…
To help lower the cholesterol and fat, most of the cholesterol is coming from the venison but some say it will actually lower your cholesterol if eaten in moderation. You could, however, lower the amount of added fat to the venison or add no fat and that will help.
The pepperoni and mozzarella cheese both have a lot of cholesterol, fat, and sodium. I don’t know of a healthy alternative for the pepperoni so maybe you could leave that out or cut the amount by half and you could opt to leave the cheese off or use healthier cheese.
To help lower sodium even further use low sodium pasta sauce or make your own.
Whatever changes you make to your Crock-Pot Pizza Casserole, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at myfitnesspal.com