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!!
I made this Pizza Pasta Bake with pepperoni and sausage, but you could definitely add your own favorite pizza toppings.
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 Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe
Start with about 1/2 cup pepperoni slices…
And add them to a large, 12-inch skillet with 1 cup of sausage crumbles.
Next add the dry pasta, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
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.
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.
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.
Next top with shredded cheese and a few extras slices of pepperoni, or any of your other favorite pizza toppings!
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!)
This Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe recipe SUCH a quick and easy meal the whole family will love!
Hope you love this Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe as much as we do!
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.
- 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
- Add sausage, pepperoni, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta and water to a large, 12-inch skillet. Stir to combine.
- 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.
- Top evenly with cheese and extra pepperoni slices. Broil until the cheese is browned and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
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