Freezer Meal Recipe: Pizza Breadstick Casserole

March 31, 2013 4 Comments

pizza breadstick casserole

This casserole delight brings the best flavors of pizza to the table: bread and cheese! Oh and tomatoes, sausage, and veggies too. Another great thing about this meal is that you can adapt the filling ingredients to what is in season and to what you have. No zucchini? Easily sub in a different vegetable (corn, winter squash, green beans, etc.). The meat can also easily be subbed with ground beef or turkey, pepperoni, cooked chicken, etc.

I use my favorite breadstick recipe for the full 9×13 pan. When I am only making a 8×8 or 9×9 pan of it, I use half of the breadstick dough for the top of the casserole and make breadsticks with the other half. We love breadsticks! But you can even use just 1/2 of the breadstick dough recipe for a full 9×13 pan, if that suits you better.

Pizza Breadstick Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, green, red or yellow, diced
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into rounds
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jar red pasta sauce or homemade sauce
  • 9-12 ounces fully cooked chicken or turkey sausage, sliced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 recipe homemade breadstick dough or refrigerated breadstick dough
  • Homemade Sauce:
  • 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the onion and diced pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, until the onion is translucent and the pepper is tender. Add the zucchini and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until just tender. Stir in the pasta sauce (or all ingredients for the homemade sauce) and the sausage. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the liquid is somewhat reduced. Stir in 2 Tbsp of Parmesan. Spoon half of the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella cheese over the top. Spoon the other half of the sauce over the cheese and sprinkle another 1/2 cup mozzarella over the top. Arrange bread sticks in a lattice pattern on the top, trimming to fit, if necessary. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan and mozzarella over dough.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes, until the breadsticks are golden brown and the filling is hot and bubbly. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Serves 8-10.
  4. Preparing for the Freezer:
  5. The sauce mixture with sausage, veggies and cheese freezes well. Prepare it and split it between two 8x8 or 9x9 pans. (If you don't have pans to spare, you could probably just freeze it in gallon resealable freezer bags.) We get about 5-6 servings from each pan.
  6. Preparing after Freezing:
  7. Let it thaw in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. Then prepare the breadstick dough and place it on top of the mixture before baking.
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Adapted from MelsKitchenCafe.

pizza breadstick casserole served

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Comments

  1. can you use cooked breadsticks on top? if so, how would that affect the cook time?

    • Melanie says:

      I haven’t tried it before, but I would cook the rest of the casserole (without the breadsticks) for about 15-20 minutes, then put the cooked breadsticks on top and finish cooking for about 5-10 mins. You want the filling to get hot and bubbly, and you want the already-cooked breadsticks to get warmed without getting overcooked! Or you could even just cook up the casserole without breadsticks and serve it with the cooked breadsticks on the side.

  2. You don’t have to brown the sausage before adding it?
    It looks really yummy so I want to try it. :)
    Also is the breadstick recipe secret or can you share?

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