Bluegrass, Basketball & A Pizza Pasta Bake

pizza pasta bake
March 15, 2016

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I live in a basketball state. We love our teams, but more-so during basketball season. We are raised to cheer or one team or another, and we raise our children to cheer for the same team. This has been a rough season for our family team. After all, it’s mentally tough on players when you play for a college basketball dynasty, and you don’t win every game. It can be rough on the fans too. My social media feeds are littered with remarks about sore throats, headaches, and indigestion following a few really tough games. Family and friends generally gather together to throw parties and do a little “couch coaching”. Here are a few basketball party planning tips, a recipe for an easy pizza pasta bake to serve a crowd, and how we handle the “morning after” (I’m not referring to a hangover) a big game.

pizza pasta bake

When entertaining guests, I try to make dishes that are relatively inexpensive and can easily serve a crowd. During tournament time, there are often a lot more guests and parties, especially if you’re team is good. This Pizza Pasta Bake is super simple to prep. You can prepare the dish from start to finish, or refrigerate it after assembly and bake when guests arrive. It’s always a crowd pleaser, even on rainy game days.


You can easily customize it too. I basically use our favorite pizza toppings, and combine them with our favorite pasta and sauce. We like Italian sausage, hamburger, pepperoni, banana peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms. You can mix or match your own favorite combination.

It quickly pairs with a salad or fresh veggies, and garlic bread for a hearty meal that your guests can enjoy.

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Pizza Pasta Bake
Recipe type: Jessica Urgelles
  • 1 16oz box of your favorite pasta
  • 1 14oz jar diced tomatoes
  • 1 24oz jar tomato based pasta sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 6oz jar mushrooms drained
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • ½ lb Italian sausage
  • ½ diced pepperoni
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup fresh diced basil
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. Heat oven to 375F
  3. Brown hamburger and Italian sausage
  4. Combine all ingredients except 1 cup mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs in a large bowl
  5. Mix well
  6. Pour in a 9x13 greased baking pan
  7. Top with bread crumbs and cheese
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes



pasta bake

I opted to make a salad with homemade dressing, and pick up some bite size desserts.

Don’t look at my decor, and make any assumptions about my team. I chose to stay neutral for this party, and use black and orange basketball colors.

I hung assorted fans from my serving trays, added some color flag food pics to store bought items, and picked up some orange paper plates and fun paper straws at the store. I have enough dishes to do following a party and cheering or my favorite team, I didn’t want to deal with washing plates.










Luckily, I had been to Walmart to get party supplies and I picked up a few of my favorite Pfizer products while I was there; I had a headache from yelling before half time even started. It’s tough to coach from the couch. lol

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I took Advil Liqui-Gels for my headache, and enjoyed the rest of the game; our favorite team won. I was glad that I had it on hand, and I wasn’t the only one person that┬áneeded it. It allowed me to enjoy my guests, without the frustration of further headache pain.

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I used this coupon to save on my purchase of Advil Liqui-Gels.

*Ask a doctor before use if you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn



Of course after eating the Pizza Pasta Bake, Jeremy needed his daily dose of Nexium 24HR. It’s his once a day solution for regular heartburn, and a staple in our household. You can sign up for a Nexium coupon here.

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Are there any basketball parties in your future? We have another basketball party tonight; we’re celebrating our absolute favorite team,┬ámy son’s youth sports league team. What do you use to treat headaches or heartburn following a big game?

One comment on “Bluegrass, Basketball & A Pizza Pasta Bake”

  1. What a fun party spread! I love that you were able to throw this all together before your guests arrived so you could enjoy the game! #client

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