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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Two comfort foods join forces in this family favorite recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Pasta.

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I am (more than) slightly embarrassed to admit where I got the inspiration for this easy, cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta. But if you follow along on Instagram, you know I have a strong affinity for reality television. “What type of reality television?” you ask.

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The good stuff.

Ahem, Teen Mom fans, where you at?

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Well we have MTV’s Teen Mom to thank for introducing me to the idea of pizza pasta. As simple as the concept may seem, why had this culinary creation never crossed my mind?

It’s a pepperoni-stuffed spin on my Baked Rigatoni, and it’s loaded with all of my favorite pizza toppings, including green peppers and Italian sausage, so this is not for the faint of heart (or meat).

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But the real beauty here is that exactly like a pizza, this pasta can be customized to your preferences with every meat and veggie imaginable. If you’d put it on a pizza, you can put it in pizza pasta!

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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

  • 12
    ounces
    uncooked medium shell pasta
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    olive oil
  • 1
    small onion, diced
  • 1
    medium green pepper, diced
  • 3/4
    pound
    Italian sausage (sweet or spicy)
  • 3
    cups
    homemade or store-bought tomato sauce
  • 3/4
    cup
    sliced pepperoni, divided
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the shell pasta and cook it until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and set it aside. 

Add the olive oil to a large heavy-bottomed stock pot set over medium-low heat. Once the oil is warm, add the diced onions, diced green peppers, and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until the onions are translucent. Add the Italian sausage and cook, breaking apart the sausage with a spatula, until the sausage is browned and cooked throughout. 

Reduce the heat to low and add the tomato sauce then add the cooked pasta to the pot, along with 1/2 cup of the sliced pepperoni and stir to combine.

Transfer half of the pasta to a 9×13-inch baking dish, top it with half of the shredded mozzarella cheese, then repeat another layer of the pasta, the remaining cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup of pepperoni. 

Bake the pasta for about about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove the baked pasta from the oven and serve. 

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Nutrition Facts

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Amount Per Serving

Calories 697
Calories from Fat 360

% Daily Value*

Fat 40g62%

Saturated Fat 14g88%

Cholesterol 96mg32%

Sodium 1757mg76%

Potassium 840mg24%

Carbohydrates 52g17%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 8g9%

Protein 30g60%

Vitamin A 795IU16%

Vitamin C 27.2mg33%

Calcium 192mg19%

Iron 3.4mg19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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