I must say this is to die for, a huge hit. Any time you question what to make for your company; this recipe should always be in the forefront of your mind. Delicious meal with a side salad and French bread……mmmm delish!
I had this for the first time and realized it was something I could devour and eat the entire pan. Literally delicious and unfortunately I must say I did eat a lot of the 9×13 pan. I couldn’t get enough of it.
Women who have husbands that don’t like the word “casserole” need to make this for their husbands without telling them what’s for dinner. My husband hears “casserole” and immediately decides he will not like the dish. I’ve learned to rename the meals so he doesn’t have that initial hesitation. Every time I’ve done this, he ends up liking the meal. I’m not sure what it is about men and casseroles but if you don’t tell them they magically forget they said they wouldn’t like it.
My husband ended up eating most of this meal when I made it for my sister and mom one evening. So ladies, there’s the trick, don’t tell your man what you are making, tell them it’s a yummy pizza dish and you’ll have them at Pizza.
Pizza Rice Casserole
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- ¼ tsp garlic
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp oregano (fresh)
- 1 tsp parsley (fresh)
- 1 ½ cup cottage cheese
- 16 oz Cheddar cheese shredded (I add about 24 oz due to my love for cheese)
*You could also switch a few ingredients to make it a pizza rice caprese casserole. (see changes below)
Preheat oven to 325
In a skillet brown sausage and onion. Once cooked add tomato sauce, garlic, sugar, oregano and parsley. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile combine cottage cheese and cooked rice.
Put 1/3 mixture into a 9×13 nonstick casserole dish. Top with tomato-meat sauce and continue to alter layers ending with the meat sauce.
Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly. The last 5 minutes add shredded cheese and continue to bake until bubbly and slightly brown.
Serve with a delicious fresh chopped salad and French bread.
*For more of a fresh taste, you can change the meal by simply using fresh basil (2 cup chopped) along with the other seasonings listed and extra mozzarella cheese in place of cheddar cheese.