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Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese

Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese

Think pepperoni pizza turned macaroni and cheese. Comfort food x 2. And super simple so you can get it on the table quickly on a busy weeknight when you have no time to think, let alone make a fancy dinner. Of course, if you prefer sausage pizza (or vegie pizza), you can swap out the pepperoni for your favorite pizza toppings.

You could take this one step further by pouring the macaroni mixture into a pie pan, topping it with pizza sauce and mozzarella, and then more pizza toppings and bake it for a bit till the cheese on top gets nice and melty and bubbly. You sure COULD do that, but I didn’t take the time. It is quite delicious just like this, straight out of the pan. Mix it up and eat it. Faster than delivery pizza. Especially if you have the cheese sauce made ahead of time.

Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 - 4 servings

Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry uncooked macaroni (whole wheat or regular)
  • 1/4 of a small onion, chopped
  • 1 - 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2/3 cup fresh garden or canned tomatoes, chopped, with juices
  • 1 cup light & luscious cheese sauce (recipe here)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pepperoni (or sausage or other meat or pizza toppings of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, heat a pot of water to boiling, then add the macaroni. Cook according to package directions until the macaroni is done to your liking.
  2. While the macaroni is cooking, chop the onion, garlic, and tomatoes.
  3. When the macaroni is done, drain it in a strainer, then spray the saucepan with cooking spray and sautee the onion and garlic until the onion is soft and translucent. (Add a bit of oil if needed for your pan.)
  4. Add the tomato, cheese sauce, pepperoni and Italian seasoning and stir to mix, then stir in the macaroni and stir to mix.
  5. Serve hot, topped with freshly shredded parmesan and fresh herbs for garnish, if desired.

Notes

If you are using canned tomatoes, this would use about 1/2 of a 15-oz. can, so simply double the recipe if you want to use up the whole can.

http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/pepperoni-pizza-macaroni-cheese/

Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese

This recipe was shared at Everyday Mom’s MealsManic Monday, Melt in your Mouth MondayMix it Up Monday, Mop it Up MondayTasty TuesdayThe Bulletin BoardTotally Tasty Tuesday, Terrific Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Wednesday Extravaganza, Frugal Foods ThursdayAll my Bloggy FriendsFresh Foods Link Up and Clever Chicks Bloghop.

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11 Responses

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  2. This looks scrumptious! I’m always looking for new pasta recipes since the kid’s love it. I look forward to trying this soon. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

    November 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  3. Yummm!! I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing it on Manic Monday. I have this pinned :)

    November 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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  5. This looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve featured it on this week’s Bulletin Board over on the Mrs – come on by & check it out! :)

    http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/2012/11/the-bulletin-board-11/

    Crystal

    November 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  6. Holey Mackerel! This sounds fantastic! Pinned :) Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I’m looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

    November 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  7. My kids will love this! Stopping by from Totally Tasty Tuesday :)

    November 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Sarah! I bet they will :)

      November 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

  8. anything that could be called “mac and cheese”, in any variation, makes my little heart happy. and your noodles look to die for! i’d love to get my hands on some big macaroni like that!

    thank you for sharing your post with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! i look forward to seeing what other seasonal & whole/real food posts you have for us this week! xo, kristy

    November 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

  9. theliz

    Made this tonight for my family. We NEVER like homemade mac-n-cheese and I make everything at home! This was scrumptious and everyone liked it. THANK YOU!!

    December 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  10. Ann

    Yay, Liz, that makes me so happy! Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave me a comment :)

    December 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

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