March 4, 2015

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

My absolute favorite kind of meal is something that of course tastes to die for, but also something I can get on the table in less than 20 minutes and something that will mess up the least amount of dishes possible.

This Pepperoni Pizza Pasta is one of our new favorite quick and easy dinners. It’s done in 15 minutes and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. That means you only mess up ONE pan. That’s it! You don’t even have to boil the noodles first. It’s the perfect fast weeknight meal that everyone will love!

And OMG you guys this is the best part ever. When I calculated it up, I was completely shocked to learn that this cheesy, gooey pasta has LESS THAN 420 CALORIES PER SERVING!!! I had no idea because while I make a few healthy choices and use turkey sausage and reduced-fat cheese, I didn’t set out to make this a “diet” dinner. You would never know by the taste of this pasta. It is absolutely decadent and delicious!! :)

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

I made this pasta with pepperoni and sausage, but you could definitely add your own favorite pizza toppings.

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Here’s all you’ll need. Pasta, pepperoni, shredded cheese, tomato sauce, sausage, and diced tomatoes.

I love the fun shape of campanelle pasta, but you could use any shape pasta here. Elbows, shells, penne, or rotini, would be great!

And I love using Jimmy Dean pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles. It tastes just like regular breakfast sausage, but with WAY less fat and calories.  If you can’t find this where you live, you can just use regular browned and drained breakfast sausage. You can still do it all in one pan! :)

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Start with about 1/2 cup pepperoni slices…

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

And add them to a large, 12-inch skillet with 1 cup of sausage crumbles.

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Next add the dry pasta, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce.

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

I love these Basil, Garlic, and Oregano tomatoes. They’re perfectly seasoned and they come in a sauce. I’ve been known to heat them up and eat like tomato soup! I love them.

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Finally, pour in 2 cups of water and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium / medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes until the liquid is mostly absorbed.

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Like so. If yours still has too much liquid after 15 minutes, you may want to increase the heat and cook for 5 more minutes or so.

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Next top with shredded cheese and a few extras slices of pepperoni, or any of your other favorite toppings! :)

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Place under the boiler in your oven and broil until browned and bubbly, about 3 minutes. (But keep a close eye on it!)

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

This is SUCH a quick and easy crowd-pleasing recipe!

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Cheesy Pepperoni Pasta! :) Hope you enjoy!! :)

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. Only six ingredients, done in 15 mins, and everything cooks in one pan, even the pasta. A great quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!!

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

1 cup sausage, browned and drained (I used Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Crumbles)
1/2 cup pepperoni slices
1 (14.5 oz) can Basil, Garlic, and Oregano diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups penne pasta
2 cups water
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella or Italian-blend cheese
extra pepperoni for topping

1. Add sausage, pepperoni, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta and water to a large, 12-inch skillet. Stir to combine.

2. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium to medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes until the liquid is mostly absorbed.

3. Top evenly with cheese and extra pepperoni slices. Broil until the cheese is browned and bubbly, about 3 minutes.

Makes 4 servings. Click here for nutritional information.

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Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

You guys, I am so excited to share these ridiculous new brownies with you today!! They are out of this world!!

These show-stopping bars start with a layer of ultra soft red velvet brownies, but are taken to the next level with Oreo truffle filling, and then are topped with sinfully rich chocolate ganache and mini chocolate chips. Total heaven in every bite!!

These fabulous bars were inspired by one of my all time favorite bloggers, Pizzazzerie!! I fell in love with her Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownie Bars the second I saw them. I knew immediately I had to make them. My version is a little different, so be sure to check out her version as well!! :)

To celebrate these spectacular bars (and Valentine’s Day ;)) I am giving away a HOT PINK Raspberry Ice KitchenAid mixer!!!!!!! Keep reading to enter! :)

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

These are the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. After I made them I was so in love with the results. I wanted to share these bars with everyone I know!! I texted all my neighbors and told them to come by and get one. They were a hit!!

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

They seriously could not be easier to make. This is all you need!

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

The brownie base starts with a Red Velvet cake mix, but if you’d like to make your own Red Velvet Brownies from scratch, check out these.

To the cake mix add 1/2 cup melted butter…

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Two eggs…

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

And beat until smooth, thick, and decadent.

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Press into the bottom of a well-coated 9×13 baking dish. I like to line my dish with foil to make the bars easier to get out. Try my trick that makes lining a pan with foil SO much easier.

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 mins until just set and edges are crackly. You definitely don’t want to overcook these bars! They will fully set up as they cool.

KitchenAid Steam-Assist Combination Microwave Wall Oven

I baked these in my KitchenAid Steam-Assist Combination Microwave Wall Oven. I LOVE it because it only takes up the space of an oven and microwave, BUT the microwave up top DOUBLES as another oven!!! It is awesome!!

So, I could melt the butter in the microwave up top, but then the microwave can also act as a convection oven, so I could bake these brownies in it too! It’s seriously magic. Check out how nice and browned this blueberry cobbler I made in it got!

If you are thinking of updating your appliances, I highly, highly recommend it. I use that second oven WAY more than I thought I would, but it’s nice not having to take up extra room in the kitchen for an appliance I don’t use all the time. LOVE it!

Click here to see more photos of our Kitchen Update.

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Next you’ll need one package of WHOLE Oreos. :)

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Crush them in a ziploc bag or food processor until you have mostly fine crumbs.

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Next mix the crumbs with 1 cup melted butter until well combined.

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Pour them on top of the baked brownies…

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

And gently press down.

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Next bring 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to a low boil and pour over 1.5 cups of chocolate chips (that’s approximately one bag). I used milk chocolate chips, but you could use any kind of chocolate chip you like. Even white chocolate! Let the chips sit for 5 mins then whisk to combine until smooth and thick…

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Then immediately pour over the Oreo truffle layer. Love love love!!

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Next top with 1 bag of mini chocolate chips, then refrigerate for 30-45 mins to let the ganache set up a bit before cutting into bars.  However if you want to dive right in immediately with a spoon, I would never judge.

And see, this is why I love lining the pan with foil!! See how easy it just comes right out?? :)

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

These are seriously some of the best bars I’ve ever made. And I’ve made some doozies! Maybe you’ve heard of these? Or these?

You must try them ASAP. Enjoy, my friends!!! :)

 

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Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies. These are total heaven in every bite!!

Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies

1 box (18.25 oz) red velvet cake mix
1.5 cups butter, divided
2 eggs
1 package (about 36) whole Oreos
1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips (about 1.5 cups)
1 bag (12 oz) mini chocolate chips (about 1.5 cups)
1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy whipping cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and coat with cooking spray. Beat together cake mix, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 2 eggs until fully combined and smooth. Press into the bottom of prepared pan and bake for 15-18 mins, until just set. Do not overbake.

2. Crush whole Oreos in a Ziploc bag or food processor into fine crumbs. Stir together with 1 cup melted butter and mix well. Pour over baked red velvet brownies and gently press down in an even layer.

3. Place the milk chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl. Bring the heavy cream to a low boil, then pour over chips. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk together until completely smooth and thick. Pour over Oreo layer. Top with mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 30-45 mins to allow chocolate ganache to set up. Cut into bars and serve.

Makes one 9×13 pan. Can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

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