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Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

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This pizza pasta bake is loaded with all of the classic pizza toppings and finished off with a layer of gooey mozzarella cheese. An easy dinner option that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Pizza Pasta Bake

There’s nothing more comforting or crowd pleasing than a cheesy baked pasta dish. This pasta has all the great flavors of a supreme pizza, it’s full of onions, sausage, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms and pepperoni!

Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

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Pizza Pasta Bake

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)

Pizza Pasta Recipe

This recipe starts with the veggies and sausage. I typically make this recipe with mild Italian sausage, but if you like your pasta with a little kick, use the hot sausage variety. The peppers, onions, mushrooms and sausage all get cooked together until done.

Sausage pasta

The meat and veggie mixture is tossed with pasta…

Sausage pizza pasta

and then the marinara sauce. I use penne pasta here, but any short pasta will work, like rotini or rigatoni. I like to use a high quality store bought marinara sauce to save time, but you could make your own sauce if you prefer.

easy pasta bake

Mix it all together…

Pizza Bake

The pasta mixture is topped with a layer of cheese and pepperoni, then baked to perfection. I typically use a turkey pepperoni, but you can use any variety that you prefer. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s easy to switch up the ingredients to suit your family’s tastes. Sometimes I make this pasta bake as a meat lover’s pizza dish with sausage, pepperoni, ham and bacon. Other times when I’m in the mood for veggies I add in artichoke hearts, spinach, garlic and zucchini. The possibilities are endless!

I add a little sprinkling of parsley on top for added color and freshness. This is an optional step, but adding fresh herbs to any meal always adds a little something extra.

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

This dish can be prepared up to one day in advance and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it. If you choose to make it in advance, add 20 extra minutes to the bake time so that everything is heated through.

Pizza Pasta Bake
 
This pizza pasta bake is loaded with all of the classic pizza toppings and finished off with a layer of gooey mozzarella cheese. An easy dinner option that's sure to be a hit with the whole family!
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 2½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. Cook penne according to package directions.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  5. While the pasta cooks, prepare the meat and vegetable mixture.
  6. Add the onion, mushrooms and bell pepper to the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Season the vegetables to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the sausage to the pan. Cook, breaking apart with a spoon, until meat is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  8. Stir the olives into the sausage mixture.
  9. Drain the penne pasta and pour it into a 9"x13" pan that's been coated with cooking spray.
  10. Add the sausage mixture and marinara sauce to the pan and toss gently to coat the pasta.
  11. Sprinkle the top of the pasta with the cheese and arrange pepperoni over the top.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and just starting to brown.
  13. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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  1. This looks delicious! What a great idea