Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Here is one of my favorite childhood pasta dishes called Pepperoni Pizza Pasta.

This sauce is made to taste exactly like your favorite pepperoni style pizza to top your pasta instead of pizza dough.

Although you can use your favorite bottled sauce to save time, mom always made her sauce from scratch.

The recipe truly is adaptable to making dressing your pasta with any favorite pizza toppings and the sauce can be changed to however your family prefers theirs very easily.

If your a pepperoni pizza fan try our recipe casserole for Chicken Pepperoni and Potato Casserole, mom's delicious Italian Stromboli, and our Deep Dish Chicago Style Pepperoni Pizza.

Scroll down to get this easily printable recipe with step by step instructions.

Easy Pasta Meals

Growing up we ate lots of pasta meals, and mom would get very creative.

This simple to follow pasta sauce is super easy. It's a basic sauce and can be changed instantly just by adding different ingredients.

It's a basic sauce and can be changed instantly just by adding different ingredients from my suggestions below.

We just love this pepperoni pizza style pasta and as kids all through adulthood, this remains a family favorite.

this is a dish of pepperoni pasta on a white plate and a casserole of the rest of it in the background

Other Substitutions and Sauce Additions

  • sauteed mushrooms
  • any toppings you would put on pizza, onions, anchovies, eggplant, zucchini slices, broccoli, spinach anything can be added to the sauce or on top of the pasta
  • bell peppers or hot peppers
  • tuna fish
  • salmon or any kind of seafood you like
  • cooked pork tenderloin
  • cooked steak
  • cooked lamb meat
  • any leftover meats like rotisserie chicken or roasted chicken breast boneless make a chicken Parmesan pasta casserole

this is pasta topped with cheese sauce and pepperoni

Pasta Suggestions

  1. rigatoni
  2. bowties
  3. mostaccioli
  4. fusilli
  5. seashells

this is a pepperoni layered pasta

Tools You Will Need

  1. pasta pot
  2. pasta bowl
  3. fry pan
  4. colander
  5. spoon
  6. bowl
  7. knife
  8. cheese grater
  9. pasta dish

this is a pepperoni sauce simmering


  • cook any kind of pasta you like to package instructions and keep warm
  • to save time use a bottled jar sauce
  • make a full meat lovers pasta by adding loose sausage, pepperoni, bacon or ham
  • use only vine ripe tomatoes for best results
  • add mushrooms or other vegetables in the sauce you would use on the pizza
  • use any turkey pepperoni instead of regular
  • for a healthier version just use a low carb pasta or whole wheat

this is a le creuset pan filled with a tomato sauce and pepperoni

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this is a plate of penne paste with pepperoni tomato sauce, mozzarella sprinkled with red pepper flakes

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Everyone Love Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

If you have kids who are super picky but are big pizza fans you will hit the jackpot of recipes and this will be their new favorite.

Again refer to how you order your pizza, if you want to change this is cooked loose sausage or even vegetarian and add just eggplant, just create your own, the sauce is wonderful and will compliment whatever you add.

Enjoy and don't forget to leave me a comment if you try mom's recipe.

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 30 Min
This is an Italian American 25 minute pasta dish made with a pepperoni sauce and loaded with mozzarella melted cheese to replicate a pepperoni pizza.


  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green pepper cleaned and sliced in half or diced fine
  • Note:  ( I  keep the peppers large to remove them after the sauce simmers, just for taste not on the pasta that's your preference dice if you like peppers on pizza.)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 28 - ounces crushed tomatoes with 1/2 cup water (or red dry wine) added to the pot
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian chopped parsley fresh or dried
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2  cup of sliced or cubed stick pepperoni (save the 1/2 cup for the top of the pasta)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of more shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Garnish red hot pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped. basil
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese grated


  1. Cook the pasta to package instructions drain leaving a little pasta water to keep it from sticking with two tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, add the garlic and peppers and saute until fragrant.
  3. Note: unless you're a huge pepper fan, you can leave them in the sauce or remove them. I put them in for flavors and remove them when the sauce is cooked.
  4. Pour the crushed tomatoes into the pan with water and add 1  cup the pepperoni salt, pepper, oregano,  basil, and parsley.
  5. Cook 25 minutes on low heat.
  6. Spray your casserole dish with cooking spray.
  7. Pour the pasta into the dish, added some shredded mozzarella and a little grated cheese.
  8. Add the sauce on top.
  9. Sprinkle with mozzarella and add the rest of the pepperoni to the top.
  10. Broil on high until mozzarella browns around 5 minutes but watch this carefully.
  11. Garnish with basil, grated cheese, and red pepper flakes.



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  1. Oh wow! This is the best of both worlds! And I say it because I would have huge problems choosing between the two if I had to make a choice. I love your list of substitutions, too - it is really helpful!

  2. Look at all of that ooey gooey yummy cheese! This would disappear quickly around here, we're big fans of pasta and pizza.

  3. I am making fresh sauce tomorrow and can't wait to make this!

  4. Pizza topping with pasta as the crust...what a brilliant idea!

  5. I love making this for my family. Adding this to the rotation for this week.

  6. My family loves pizza pasta bake. Your recipe looks really delicious. I will give it a try.

  7. I love this idea and will try in the near future.

  8. Oh wow, this pasta is definitely going to be my new favourite dish soon!! This looks amazing!!

  9. This combines two of my favorite dishes, pizza and pasta! Love how simple this is to put together! Definitely something the whole family loves!

  10. Literally the best of both worlds! Combining two of my favorite things ever!

  11. What a fun casserole! My kids live for pizza - it'll be nice to give them pizza flavors without having to eat pizza AGAIN!

  12. I can see why this is one of your childhood favorites! What a delicious and comforting meal. Love all those flavors!

  13. Wow, comfort food at it's finest. I really like that I can use my favorite pasta and put as much pepperoni as I want in this. My family is going to love this.

  14. My favourite pizza in a pasta dish? Sign me up for that please!

  15. Yummy! This looks so delicious and tasty! I can't wait to give this a try!

  16. This is such a fun family friendly dinner. This is one of the few dinner recipes that I did not her one complaint. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. Wow! This is amazing! My kids gobbled it up. Such a fun dinner idea too! YUM!

  18. My son loves everything pizza so I know he's going to love this dish when I make it!

  19. Yum! We love pizza and pasta, so this dish is so perfect for dinner.


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