One-Pot Cheesy Pizza Pasta


  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 20 pepperoni slices (halved)
  • 1 14 ounce jar pizza sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne rigate
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 10 pepperoni slices
  • Pinch of parsley and red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Heat a large oven safe skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add sausage and cook breaking up pieces until sausage is cooked thoroughly, about 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in halved pepperoni slices until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add in pizza sauce, water, penne, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and stir together until combined.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil.
  7. Stir then cover.
  8. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes until pasta is tender.
  9. Turn off heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese until blended.
  10. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and then top with remaining whole slices of pepperoni.
  11. Transfer skillet to oven and bake for about 5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  12. Carefully remove skillet from oven.
  13. Sprinkle with some parsley and/or red pepper flakes before serving.
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