Cozy Pizza Pie Casserole

Most, if not all of the recipes I recommend on my site come from recipe books and Pinterest, or more meaningfully my friends…I’m really not creative when it comes to food, I just make tweaks here and there to things I try and then pass them on to you! I have so many recipes from sweet friends, and every time I make that recipe I think about the person that shared it with me. It makes it so much more special, and just another way I feel like we can make connections with each other in life.

This recipe came from my good friend Erica, she made it for us one of the weekends we were coming up to College Station during our transitional period moving, so when I make this Pizza Pie Casserole, it brings back some of those memories. I passed this one on to some of my other girlfriends and found out that they had already been making this one themselves, so it must be a good one!

You know me, for me to save a recipe on my site and blog about it, it must meet specific requirements. It must be tasty, it must be easy or somewhat uninvolved (haha kids are around people!), and it must be good left over. This recipe fit the bill. We have loved it each time I have made it, so I thought it would be a good one to add to my recipe list!

I have linked it already above, but the original recipe came from this site, and I have made a few additions of my own which I will specify below. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (about 600 grams)
  • 1 pound italian sausage
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (no sugar added if you are doing Whole30) – This can be hard to find! You might be interested in making your own!
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1 can diced tomatoes drained (my addition)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning (my addition)
  • (optional: add anything you like with pizza: veggies (maybe bell peppers!), even cheese if you aren’t doing a Whole30!)

What to Do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees to cook your spaghetti squash. Cut the squash in half (this can be tricky, I have to stab mine with the knife and then pick the squash up with the knife inserted and kind of pound it on the cutting board to get it to slice through), pour some olive oil over the insides and place each side face down on a baking sheet.
  2. Cook for 30-35 minutes until the strands are soft (but not mushy) and the sides have some give when you squeeze them. (Recipe called for 400 degrees for 20-25 min. but I preferred it at a lower temperature setting. Some people cook their squashes in a crock pot or microwave so that may be an easier prep solution for you!)
  3. Remove squash and reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
  4. Once the squash is done cooking, remove the strands by shredding them with a fork and place them in a greased 9×13 baking dish. (The recipe called for an 8×8 dish but I preferred it to be spread out more and not as thick)
  5. Place a large pan over medium heat and crumble italian sausage with the diced onion. Cook until pink no longer remains in the sausage and it is broken up into pieces.
  6. Add pizza sauce, dried basil, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to the pan and mix well.
  7. Add sausage mixture to the 9X13 baking pan and mix it well with spaghetti squash threads.
  8. Whisk 3 eggs and then add them to the baking dish. Mix everything together well until you can no longer see the eggs.
  9. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour or until the top of the mixture forms a slight crust that doesn’t give when you press on it in the middle of the dish.
  10. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Your squash won’t be completely cooked through (might be a tad crunchy) because it will bake longer in the oven once everything is mixed together.
Ready to shred!
Spaghetti squash in the casserole dish ready to go!
Nothing better than a cozy fall evening baking a yummy dish!
I have loved cooking in my new kitchen so far! The pull out spice racks under the stove top are one of my favorite things… that and the deep drawers under the stove to hold my pots and pans!
As you can see, there is some sugar in this pizza sauce, but I snapped a shot of the ingredients in case you wanted to recreate it yourself sans sugar. I think it would be pretty easy to just grab some tomato sauce and add the seasonings to it.
My forever kitchen helper. “Please mom, just drop something. Anything. PLEASE!”
Eggs to whisk!
Yummy sausage mixture! Smells so good!
Sausage mixture combined with the spaghetti squash and the eggs are ready to join!
Ready to pop into the oven!

My other kitchen buddy and sometimes helper. 😉
All baked and done! This smells so good!
The perfect fall casserole!
Who’s ready to eat?!

Catching Up with the Campbells: Life Update – Moving to College Station Pt. 2

So after getting somewhat settled in the townhouse in College Station, we spent our days trying to get acclimated and also praying a lot for our house in Friendswood to sell! The following is the rest of the month of September and October, and actually into November, just so you can peak into our moving experience and our first few days back in Aggieland. 🙂 Again, marathon post so hang in there haha!

Spent some evenings checking in on the new house, the boys LOVE the huge backyard!
We spent a decent amount of time at playgrounds because being in the little townhouse made our kids and dog cray cray haha…
Daddy had a couple of work trips, so we all piled into one of the queen beds and tried to sleep!
Jude and I started figuring out this one on one business, and filled it with trips to Hobby Lobby, Starbucks mini scones and lots of Planes hehe.
Spent some time catching up with sweet friends here.
Had to get acquainted with the H-E-B here! Anyone else’s kids basically feel like they are at a buffet when you go to the grocery store???
Catching up with more friends!
There was an isolated event of helping Mommy with the laundry… and they made it seem like it was the coolest thing they had ever done hahaha…
My poor parents began the cleaning out aa gutting process. My sister and I went to visit them one weekend… so sad to see your childhood home demolished like that. 😦
There has been so much progress at this point, my parents have worked HARD getting this place cleaned up, and thankfully have had some helpers to get them here.
In the middle of September after the storm, we ended up selling our house to an older couple who lost their home in the flooding. We made a countdown to our move date… mainly because he was asking me every day when we would be moving, and also because I was going a little insane at this place haha!
We met Daddy for lunch, because we CAN do this now!!!!! Whoo hoo!
We headed back down to Houston to meet my parents at our house one more time, and met my cousins and their sweet kids for lunch on the way!
Pedicures with my Mama!
Celebrated my sister’s birthday too while we were there!
Back to College Station for school and our final walk through on our house! Love these two sweet brothers!
And back to Friendswood (Yes we are all completed exhausted at this point and the kids have no idea what we are doing or where we are supposed to be haha…) for movers to pack up the house so we could get out! Last meal!
Telling our sweet neighbors bye… so hard! They are irreplaceable!
Moving Day!
Last look! 😦
We met with our buyers before heading up to College Station, then drove up, dropped off the kids and closed! This is our realtor and builder!
My sweet friend Erica GRACIOUSLY met our movers at our new house, because we had no time in-between driving and closing, and she directed them on where to put all of our stuff (because she is one of the few people who know how I like things haha and left this sweet goody basket for us! She loaded up all the toilet paper holders (SO smart y’all!), helped put sheets on our beds and her hubby (also our realtor) brought us a huge dinner from Lupe Tortilla! I mean, what a welcome!
And then the unpacking commenced!
Jacob’s mama came up and helped so much with the unpacking, couldn’t thank her enough for helping us get such a huge part done so quickly.
And guess who’s birthday it was the weekend we moved in?!?!
Sweet Jacey turned SEVEN!
Picnic dinner on the floor!
My little builder man helping me out!
And my other little helper man helping me break in the kitchen with a batch of brownies. 🙂
My parents came up the following weekend and helped with more unpacking and brought the kids these cute Halloween buckets!
Getting to know new sweet friends at our old/new church! Last time we were here, we were college students!
And in the middle of unpacking, also trying to get ready for the holidays!
Lots of Astros watching, so proud of them for winning the world series!
Headed down to Katy one weekend to celebrate their little cousin’s first birthday!

AND in the middle of ALL of this….

We’re having another baby! We are CRAY CRAY!
And it’s ANOTHER BOY! Of course!!!

Fun Halloween party at school!
And then Batman and would be Dusty airplane pilot go Trick-or-Treating!

Daddy had to head out for back to back work trips so we were the three musketeers for a couple of week! Calls for a night of pizza and Dusty!
And we are doing lots of walking over here and carb counting because I am having the pleasure of round two of gestational diabetes. #ugh My pancreas just apparently poops out during pregnancy.
And of course 4-5 days after Halloween, this little guy thinks it would be fun to dress up. He always does things his own way and in his own time. 🙂
Back to Houston for our 20 week scan! Got to see this sweet boy’s face! And praise God that all is healthy and looking good so far!
Hit the zoo before heading back home!

So that leaves us here, trying to figure out our new place here and work out a new routine of sorts. Doing lots of bike riding and just enjoying our time together.

I’ll leave you with this verse below. I read this in my Bible App this week and it hit my face like a ton of bricks. If you would have asked me last year where we would be at this point in time, I would of said in Friendswood of course, because we had plans to stay there long term. It never felt exactly right though to me, and I could never place my finger on it or understand what the solution would be to our lack of family time and Jacob’s hour and 15-20 minute commute each way… but we prayed about it, because we knew things needed to be better for our family. Jacob looked for jobs in Houston for over a year, and we continued to just feel kind of stuck. Feeling like we needed a change but having no idea what to do or feeling like, could we really make a change and take a plunge. When this job in College Station popped up out of no where, it was almost too good to be true and really shook us up a little and we were unsure if it was stable and something we could count on. Someone told us, “You know, a lot of people pray for things in their lives, but then they are unsure or afraid to take advantage of the opportunities to have their prayers answered because they are scared of one thing or another.” And when I heard those words, I knew for sure this is what we were meant to do at this point in our lives. Who knows how long we will be here, hopefully for a little while at least because moving is exhausting haha… but as long as we are here, we will be so ever thankful for our time together and the opportunity to grow as a family and slow down and live our lives together rather than rushing past each other during the day. God has plans for His children, things that our eyes have never seen and our minds have never even considered.