Instant Pot Pizza Casserole
All the flavors of your favorite pizza cooked as a casserole right in your Instant Pot/Ninja Foodi.
- 1 lb Italian Sausage
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth or water
- 16 oz Rotini pasta
- 24 oz jar pizza sauce
- 8 oz Mozzarella cheese shredded and divided
- 20-30 pepperoni slices divided
Optional Heated Add Ins
- 1 green or red pepper diced
- ½ cup mushrooms sliced
Optional Cold Ingredient Add-Ins
- ½ cup Sliced Black Olives
- ½ cup Cooked Bacon Pieces
Turn on pot to the Sauté setting. Once the display reads HOT, add the sausage and onion and sauté until the sausage is completely cooked.
Add Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and stir. If you are using green pepper or mushroom, add them here.
Add the broth and stir, scraping the bottom of the pot to deglaze by removing any browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pan. Cancel the Sauté function.
Add the pasta evenly over the mixture and DO NOT STIR.
Pour the pizza sauce over the pasta and to cover it completely and DO NOT STIR.
Lock the lid in place and move the valve to the Sealing position. Pressure Cook/Manual on HIGH pressure for 4 minutes (half of the boiling time as instructed on the box).
When finished cooking perform a Quick Release of the pressure by slowly moving the valve to the venting position. Do it slowly to prevent any splattering.
Carefully open the lid and stir in half of the cheese and all but 9 pieces of pepperoni. Stir in olives or cooked bacon if using.
Sprinkle the remaining Mozzarella cheese on top and then place the remaining pepperoni on top of the cheese. Close the lid and let the cheese melt.
You can also freeze this casserole by transferring it to a foil pan before placing the Mozzarella and pepperoni on top. Once the casserole is in the foil, then place the remaining cheese and pepperoni on top. Cover and freeze.
To reheat the casserole, thaw it out the night before and heat in oven with the top loosely covered with foil at 350°F for 20-30 minutes.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals