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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake

This one-pot Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake is the perfect comination of your two favorite Italian dinners – pizza and pasta! It’s a completely fail-proof dinner recipe.Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake

This Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake recipe is one of our favorite quick and easy weeknight dinners. You only need 6 ingredients, 15 minutes, and everything cooks in one pot, even the pasta!! You don’t even have to boil the noodles first. The whole family will love this Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake!!

And OMG you guys this is the best part ever. I was completely shocked to learn that this cheesy, gooey pasta has LESS THAN 420 CALORIES PER SERVING!!! You would never know by the taste of this pizza casserole. It is absolutely cheesy, gooey, decadent and delicious!!

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

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

Ingredients for Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

Pizza Pasta Bake Ingredients

Here’s all you’ll need for this Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake recipe. Your favorite pasta shape, pepperoni, sausage, shredded cheese, tomato sauce, 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 for Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

Start with about 1/2 cup pepperoni slices…

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

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

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

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

Canned tomatoes for Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

I love these Basil, Garlic, and Oregano tomatoes. If you can’t find these, you can definitely use regular diced tomatoes. You don’t even need to drain the tomatoes first.

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

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.

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

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.

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

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

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

Place the skillet under the boiler in your oven and broil until browned and bubbly, about 3 minutes. (But keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn!)

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

This Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe recipe SUCH a quick and easy meal the whole family will love!

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

Hope you love this Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe as much as we do!

Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe
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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian

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This one-pot Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake is the perfect comination of your two favorite Italian dinners – pizza and pasta! It’s a completely fail-proof dinner recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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22 Responses
  1. Melody

    Made this last night! It was so delish! Thanks so much! I use three links of sausage instead. I also added a small can of tomato paste since my pasta sauce wasn’t very thick. Broiling it made it incredible! 

  2. Kristen

    This looks so good. I think I’m going to add a couple dollups of ricotta to it when I add the mozzarella to give it more of a lasagna type feel. Can’t wait for dinner tonight!

    1. Meg

      Susan-My broiler is a feature built into my oven. A button on the main dashboard allows me to broil/turn on only the top heating element. I believe older ovens had a separate broiler under the main oven. Do you also not have a broiler built into the main oven?

      If so, I would say that you can just melt the cheese on top of the stove. I would sprinkle the cheese and then let it sit for a few minutes with the lid on again to let the cheese get all melty. You won’t get the browned and bubbly cheese like you will get if you use a broiler but I don’t think it will take away from the recipe. Just my two cents!

  3. Meg

    I made this recipe last night and it was a hit. I took a dive off the deep end and used turkey sausage AND turkey pepperoni and the taste was incredible even without all of the extra fat. The cook time of 15 minutes was spot on for perfectly al dente pasta and it was so delicious with all of the sauce absorbed into pasta (I used bow ties). This recipe is incredibly adaptable and I can’t wait to experiment with other ingredients to sub for the sausage and pepperoni.

  4. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    Pasta is my weakness! I’ve made pizza pasta before but mine it’s this quick! I love it! ooo and those Basil, Garlic, and Oregano tomatoes are the best aren’t they!!

  5. Debbie B

    This looks delicious and easy, my kind of meal! You could also reduce calories and fat a bit more by using turkey pepperoni. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Joy

    This looks so good. I cannot wait to make it. And the best thing, it is only 9 weight watchers points! Perfect for a dinner! Thanks : )

  7. Kim Honeycutt

    This sounds delicious. I love all the pictures. I’m glad I’m not the only one who will open those tomatoes and eat them like soup. Don’t you just love that! Pinned it!!

  8. Lynda @Me and My Pink Mixer

    This looks delicious Amanda! Quick and easy on a weeknight is my kind of meal. Pinning to my “What’s for Dinner” board now!

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