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Pepperoni Pasta Bake

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x

Description

This “Pepperoni Pasta Bake” is simple, inexpensive, and always a crowd-pleaser!


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. dry pasta of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • half a white onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • about 30 pepperonis, sliced into halves
  • optional toppings: chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley, shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta in generously-salted water until al dente according to package instructions.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until it is cooked and translucent. Add the garlic and oregano and cook for 1 minute more, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat.
  4. Once the pasta is finished cooking, drain the water and return the pasta back to the pot. Stir in the garlic/onion mixture, the marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, Mozzarella (reserve a small handful of the cheese for the topping), Parmesan and pepperonis. Mix until well-blended.
  5. Transfer the pasta to a greased baking dish, and then sprinkle the remaining Mozzarella cheese on top. Bake uncovered for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starts to brown around the edges.
  6. Serve immediately.