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Cheesy Deluxe Pizza Pasta

Classic deluxe pizza flavors are mixed with cheesy pasta in this one pot dish that is perfect for a busy weeknight!
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 441kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage, casings removed (or buy pre-ground sausage)
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni, divided
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 24 oz jar of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 lb dry, uncooked short cut pasta (like penne, rigatoni, etc)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh minced parsley or basil, for garnish

Instructions

  • Cut 1/2 the pepperoni slices into 4 pieces, set aside.
  • Heat a dutch oven or deep pot over MED HIGH heat.  Add drizzle of olive oil and brown Italian sausage, crumbling it with a wooden spoon or potato masher as it cooks, about 4-5 minutes.  Drain excess grease and return to pan.
  • Add cut pepperoni pieces, diced onion, and diced green pepper, and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in marinara sauce, oregano and basil.  Add water, stir and bring to a boil over HIGH heat.  When boiling, add pasta, stir, reduce to a simmer, cover with lid and simmer about 12-15 minutes, until pasta is tender and most of the liquid is gone.
  • Stir in 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, remove from heat.  Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.  Sprinkle top with remaining mozzarella, and lay remaining slices of pepperoni on top.
  • Broil on HIGH for 1-3 minutes, until cheese is bubbly, melted and slightly golden.  Serve garnished with minced parsley or basil.

Notes

If your cooking pot isn't oven/broiler safe, you can add the cheese and pepperoni slices on top, then cover with lid and heat on low a few minutes until cheese is melted.  The pepperoni slices won't be as crispy this way, so here's my solution to that:
 
  1. Before browning the sausage, add the uncut pepperoni slices to the bottom of the cooking pot with a drizzle of oil over MED-HIGH heat.  
  2. Cook until crispy, then remove to a paper towel lined plate for the end of the dish.  
  3. Continue cooking recipe as directed.

Nutrition

Calories: 441kcal