One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake

An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake - An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

My name is Chung-Ah and I am a mini pepperoni hoarder.

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake - An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

 As weird as that sounds, I really am.

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake - An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

After going to 5 different grocery stores to find mini pepperonis, how do you NOT hoard them?

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake - An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

The minute I hit the grocery jackpot, I loaded up the cart with 10 packages of mini pepperonis. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them but who knows when I am going to find mini pepperonis again?

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake - An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

At least I was able to use some of it in this one pot dish. Yes, I have yet another one pot recipe for you guys today. I just can’t get enough of these one pot meals!

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake - An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

Plus, I’ll do anything for less dishes. Jason is the occasional dishwasher but he always lets them sit for 2-3 hrs before cleaning them. I, on the hand hand, need to get them done the minute they hit the sink.

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake - An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

But with this – you’ll only find one dirty pot in the sink. And it’s the easiest pizza I have ever made. Plus, the mini pepperonis are so much fun to eat!

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake

An easy crowd-pleasing one pot meal that the whole family will love! Everyone will be begging for seconds!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1/2 cup mini pepperoni, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in 1/4 cup pepperoni until heated through, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, basil garlic powder, pasta and 1 1/2 cups water; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 12-14 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat; top with mozzarella and remaining 1/4 cup pepperoni. Place into oven and cook until melted and golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Adapted from The Gunny Sack.

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 508.8 Calories from Fat 197.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.9g 34%
Saturated Fat 8.4g 42%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 54.7mg 18%
Sodium 1294.9mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 50.4g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 14%
Sugars 6.4g
Protein 27.7g 55%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tomatoes are a high source of a phytonutrient called lycopene. Furthermore, when tomatoes are cooked, the lycopene content actually increases! Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been shown to decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.