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Pizza Pasta Bake

This pepperoni pizza pasta bake is an easy meal that takes minimal prep and ingredients. Combining your favorite pizza flavors into a cheesy pizza pasta bake is a fun and delicious way to switch up the weekly dinner rotations.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 284kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $4.97 / Serving $0.62

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup Mozzarella cheese ($1.30)
  • 16 oz Penne noodles ($0.78)
  • 1 can (2.25oz) Sliced olives ($1.47)
  • 1 jar (14oz) Pizza sauce ($1.14)
  • ¼ cup Mini pepperoni ($0.28)

optional pizza toppings

  • Green bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Italian sausage cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  • In a large pot of water cook your noodles according to package directions. Drain liquid and return noodles to pot.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Toss with the pizza sauce until well mixed.
  • Add in 1 cup of cheese, some pepperoni and olives. Stir to combine.
  • Spread the noodle mixture into your prepared baking dish.
  • Top with the remaining cheese, pepperoni, and olives.
  • Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Notes

Recipe Tips

You can make this pizza pasta bake using any noodle shape desired. We prefer penne, rigatoni, or rotini but even elbow noodles or broken-up spaghetti noodles could work well. Just make sure to cook them to "al dente" according to their specific package instructions as you won't want them mushy before mixing and cooking.
Keeping the noodles al dente before cooking will allow them to soften as they absorb the sauce and bake in the oven. You can use large pepperoni if desired, I recommend quartering them before mixing them into the pasta so that they aren't too large when chewing through your food.

Make Ahead

This pizza pasta can be made in advance. Simply prep it in the baking dish as directed and then cover the top with foil or plastic wrap. Place in the fridge and chill for up to 2 days before removing and baking as directed.
Allow the pan to warm up for about 30 minutes on the counter before baking to avoid going from cold to hot too fast and possibly damaging your baking dish. You may need to extend the baking time a little bit depending on how cold the pasta was when baked. The cheese should be melted throughout.

Storage

After being cooked, you can store your leftover pizza pasta in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. For best results, eat within 3 and reheat before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 2scoops | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.2g | Protein: 15.8g | Fat: 3.1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 7.2mg | Sodium: 384.2mg | Potassium: 325.8mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 3.6g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 242.1mg | Iron: 2.4mg