Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake

Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!

Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!We eat a lot of pizza here in our house.  We spent many Saturday nights tweaking (not twerking…although I know it sounds similar) and perfecting our homemade pizza dough recipe, and now it’s a staple weekend meal around here.  But here’s the thing.  Homemade pizza dough takes a bit of planning to make.  You’ve got to start it the night before so it develops flavor.  Then you have to mix it up in the afternoon and let it rise so that the dough is ready for some awesome toppings come dinner-time.  I don’t mind the extra effort…especially when the pizzas are so darned tasty!  But I wanted to find a way to adapt this pizza recipe into a weeknight meal.  Say hello to the Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake.

Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake

Truthfully, I set out to create an amazing pasta bake loaded with all sorts of tasty toppings.  But then my wife reminded me that I had an extra stick of pepperoni hanging out in the fridge that I should use.  (Who has sticks of extra pepperoni hanging out in their fridge?  Apparently I do.)  So the pepperoni went in.  Then I noticed we had an extra bell pepper left over from a batch of Stuffed Pepper Soup.  So that pepper went in, too.  Add a little ricotta-egg-basil mixture (aka lasagna filling), and all of a sudden I just wanted to grab a fork and dive head first into that cast iron skillet!

Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!So I know there is some debate as to what toppings belong on a supreme pizza.  I took a bit of liberty with my toppings, but feel free to add in your favorites.  I don’t particularly like black olives on pizza, so I left those out.  And I didn’t happen to have any mushrooms, so those didn’t make it in either.  But that’s the beauty of this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake.  You can throw in whatever ingredients you have laying around.  I mean, you’ve got to have the pasta, marinara and cheese…but after that, the skillet is your canvas.  Paint up a masterpiece…and then eat it!

Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!

Did you make this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake at home?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  Cheers!

Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!

Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake

Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 753kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz. package penne pasta
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 16 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 16-oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • tsp dried basil
  • 6 ounces pepperoni diced
  • 1 24-oz. jar marinara sauce
  • cups mozzarella cheese grated

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the package instructions; drain and set pasta aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Meanwhile, add the olive oil into a large cast iron skillet; place skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sausage is browned and onions have softened slightly. Drain grease from skillet.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese and dried basil; stir until smooth.
  • Add cooked pasta, diced pepperoni, marinara sauce and ricotta mixture to the skillet. Stir until well mixed.
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly on top.
  • Place skillet in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until mozzarella has fully melted.

Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious weeknight meal!

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This Spaghetti and White Wine Pasta Sauce is delicious!  The sauce is a combination of olive oil, butter, Parmesan cheese and wine...and it's surprisingly easy to make!Spaghetti with White Wine Pasta Sauce

Mix up the weeknight dinner routine with this Cajun Pastalaya with Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage!Cajun Pastalaya with Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage

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23 Comments

  1. Oh dang – I don’t have pasta or marinara – but I do have quite a few tins of olives! And peppers and pineapple and mango and sausage (yes, I have been told that my daughter and I have some weird taste in toppings when it comes to pizza!) Though, (if I showed her this) she is gonna try and talk me into going to the grocery store to pick up some GF pasta and marinara so she can spend the evening with this pasta in a skillet bake!

    1. Haha! Well, think about it, Alice…pasta is loaded with carbs, and you need carbs while you are training, right? I think some Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake will make you run faster. Just hang a bowl of it off a string in front of your face. Then start running. 😉

  2. So my friend, you and I need to talk. Like seriously.
    I just posted a recipe for pasta bake (though mine is made with zoodles), and then head on over to your blog and BAM: pasta bake!
    So we’re not only womies (wolf + homies) we’re also telepaths…are we the same person or what?
    #WolfpackTelepathy #Womies

    1. Dude, you are like the fit, healthy, triathlon-running version of me, Mike! How did you know that I would be posting a pasta bake today? I think you were hiding in the bushes spying on my kitchen. Well next time, you should just knock on the back door and come on in. I’d have given you some pasta! Well, not pasta. We could have made some zoodles for you instead.

    1. Haha…I think my wife and I put a serious dent into this pasta bake, Matt. It was fun loading the skillet up with all of the pizza toppings. And it was even more fun eating it…

    1. Tell me about it, Jess! We love pizza around here, but we can’t make pizza every night. That’s where the pasta bake (complete with your favorite pizza toppings) comes into play! Plus, it’s easy…making it great for a weeknight meal. 🙂

    1. Now you’re talking, Catherine! I love olives with cheese + crackers, but I prefer mine with white wine. Go figure! Either way, no olives on pizza. Give me some yummy marinated green olives as an appetizer instead! 🙂

    1. Yes!! Pepperoni is a requirement! Is it still a pizza if pepperoni isn’t involved? That’s debatable! Hah. But I agree with you about stove-top cooking…especially on weeknights when I’m in the mood for something delicious but still easy. 🙂

  3. Hi David! Cheesy goodness gone mad! Why do you not weigh 300 pounds? Probably the same reason I don’t – all (or most) things in moderation! There are exceptions to this rule, like carrot cake, chocolate cake…

    1. You are totally right, Dorothy! It’s all about moderation. (This explains why 3/4 of that Chocolate Peanut Butter Reese’s Cake is hiding in our freezer right now.) We also get up and go to the gym 3-4 mornings at week. I hate getting up early to work out, but it does put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. And it means I’m allowed to splurge and have cheesy pasta or some cake later on. 🙂

  4. You just had a wedding. A wedding of two of my favourite things which means when the infamous question of pizza or pasta comes up we can say…why not both?

    I’m impressed you also had a stick of pepperoni. I would eat that like candy. (but not like candy but.. well, yes).

    1. Pizza, do you take pasta to be your lawfully wedded spouse? Yes. Pasta, do you take pizza to be your lawfully wedded spouse? Yes. And there you have it! It’s official. Although does that mean that pizza can’t make appearances in other forms now? I don’t want pizza cheating on pasta, but darn…pizza is such an easy dish to twist into other ways! Also, I have no idea why sticks of pepperoni just randomly hang out in my cupboard. Oh wait, I know why. Pepperoni is amazing. #TrueStory

  5. David, this pasta looks and sounds just fabulous. I’ve made once pizza pasta so I could easily imagine how good is that. Perfect work (I am a bit jealous too)!

    1. Why thank you, Ben! I had ummm…”fun”…trying to get that perfect shot of the stringy cheese. But yes, pizza pasta is pretty much the best invention ever for when you want a tasty but easy weeknight meal!

    1. Thank you so much, Christina! I’m all about the comfort food combination with this recipe. I really appreciate the pins, too! Have a great weekend. 🙂

    1. You are totally right, Dannii! Pasta bakes are the best way to use leftovers, too…and this time I apparently had all of the fixings for a supreme pizza. So guess what ended up in our pasta bake? Haha!

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