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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Two comfort foods join forces in this family favorite recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Pasta.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients  

  • 12 ounces uncooked medium shell pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 3/4 pound Italian sausage (sweet or spicy)
  • 3 cups homemade or store-bought tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup sliced pepperoni, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the shell pasta and cook it until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and set it aside. 
  • Add the olive oil to a large heavy-bottomed stock pot set over medium-low heat. Once the oil is warm, add the diced onions, diced green peppers, and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until the onions are translucent. Add the Italian sausage and cook, breaking apart the sausage with a spatula, until the sausage is browned and cooked throughout. 
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the tomato sauce then add the cooked pasta to the pot, along with 1/2 cup of the sliced pepperoni and stir to combine.
  • Transfer half of the pasta to a 9x13-inch baking dish, top it with half of the shredded mozzarella cheese, then repeat another layer of the pasta, the remaining cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup of pepperoni. 
  • Bake the pasta for about about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove the baked pasta from the oven and serve. 
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