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Dinner doesn't get much better than this One Pot Cheesy Pizza Pasta Bake which is easy to make comfort food that is oh-so-delicious .
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One Pot Cheesy Pizza Pasta Bake

All of your favorite pizza ingredients and baked penne pasta wrapped into a hearty one pot Italian inspired pasta bake dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 579kcal

Ingredients

  • 13 ounces spicy italian sausage removed from casing
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3-4 ounces pepperoni divided
  • 1/4 cup artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 14 ounces pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 8 ounces mozzarella grated
  • 1/4 cup black olives sliced

Instructions

  • In dutch oven over medium high heat, cook sausage with onion and pepper until meat is slightly browned, 10-15 minutes. Add garlic and half the pepperoni, stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add artichoke hearts, basil, pasta sauce, water, and pasta. Stir well and cover. Cook over medium high heat for 7-10 minutes until pasta is tender. While pasta is cooking, preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • When pasta is cooked, cover with shredded mozzarella as well as remaining pepperoni and olives. Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese has fully melted.

Notes

Top tips for making this pasta bake:

  • Be sure that the pot you use is oven safe since you'll start the recipe on the cook top and it will finish cooking in a hot oven.
  • Cook the pasta al dente on the stove since it will finish cooking in the oven. Taste it and when it's just soft enough to chew, it's time to let it finish cooking during the baking process.
  • Change out any of the toppings based on your preferences. Ground beef would work well instead of or in addition to the sausage and pepperoni. Mushrooms would be a great addition - I would add them in at the same time as the onion.

Nutrition

Calories: 579kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1408mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1011IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 2mg