Baked Pizza Pasta

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Pasta casseroles are perfect for weeknight meals. You just put the ingredients, with minimal prep, into a big pan and let the oven do the real work. This Baked Pizza Pasta takes all the flavors of a supreme pizza baked with a simple red sauce and mixes it with pasta and cheese. What’s not to love about that?

Baked Pizza Pasta

I went with pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers and onions, which is sort of the basic supreme pizza. You could certainly add other traditional pizza toppings like mushrooms, olives, or ham. The red sauce is very simple but full of flavor. The reason for the beef broth is to finish cooking the pasta. Pasta needs to absorb liquid to rehydrate. Tomato sauce alone doesn’t work as well, so you can end up with some undercooked pasta.

Baked Pizza Pasta

If you don’t have an aluminum pan to use (I buy a 5 pack every month for dishes like this), you could divide it into to two baking dishes. Probably one 13×9 and one 9×9 or 8×8. This is also a freezable dish. If you want to make it ahead and put it in the freezer for later, only bake it for 30 minutes than let it cool. Wrap it in plastic wrap and them aluminum foil. To reheat it, remove the plastic wrap and bake it for 45 minutes, if frozen, or 30 minutes, if thawed.

Baked Pizza Pasta

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Baked Pizza Pasta

The delicious flavors of a supreme pizza in a pasta casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • lb Short Pasta elbows, shells, rotini
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper diced
  • ½ Red Onion diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 28oz can Tomato Puree
  • 1 15oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • 3 tsp Italian Seasoning divided
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 6 oz Pepperoni Slices divided
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta. Preheat oven to 400Fdeg.
  • In a frying pan over medium heat, add sausage and cook for 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from heat and cut in half then slice each link.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook for half of cooking time listed on packages. Drain in colander.
  • In a 20x12x2 aluminum tray, add bell pepper, garlic, onion, crushed tomatoes, tomato, puree, broth, red pepper flakes, fennel seed, half of Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Cut half of pepperoni into quarters and add to tray. Stir to combine.
  • Stir in pasta and cover with 1½ cup mozzarella cheese and remaining Italian seasoning. Cover with foil and bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil, top with remaining pepperoni and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes more. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

2 thoughts on “Baked Pizza Pasta

  1. Laurie – Tennessee – Home educating mom of three amazing fellows, homeschool and homestead blogger, herb gardener, flower lover, cat collector, follower of Jesus, and happy wife! Blogger at https://www.RidgeHavenHomestead.com
    Laurie says:

    Yum!
    My family would seriously love this! In fact, I think I´ve made similar dishes without the name.
    So, I toss in a bunch of cooked eggplant and mushrooms in place of the pepperoni. Maybe some sauteed tofu or vegan burger crumbles. This looks so delicious that I would find a way to make it vegan!

    Thank you for sharing this at the Homestead Blog Hop!
    I love easy recipes! It makes life so much simpler!

    Blessings,
    Laurie
    Ridge Haven Homestead

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