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One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake

When you need a homemade meal in 30 minutes or less, grab this Pizza Pasta Bake recipe. It’s Italian-American comfort food at its best, with your favorite pizza flavors in every cheesy bite. Best of all, everything goes right in one pot so cleanup is a breeze!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1 cup each)
Calories 494kcal



  • In a Dutch oven or large oven-proof skillet, add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3 to 5 minutes, breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon. Drain well if desired. 
  • Stir in water, tomato sauce, pasta, half of the mini pepperoni, basil, garlic powder, oregano, and red chili flakes, if using. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 12 to 14 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper).
  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat broiler on HIGH. Top pasta with mozzarella cheese and remaining mini pepperoni. Broil until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil if desired. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Italian sausage: Omit this if you want to focus on just pepperoni (your yield will be less).
  2. Rotini pasta: Use any small pasta shape that you love. Some other family favorites include cavatappi, farfalle (bowtie), rigatoni, and penne. All good choices!
  3. Pepperoni: I love mini pepperoni here, but regular-sized pepperoni works just as well.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes about 12 cups of casserole, enough for 8 to 12 servings depending on how much everybody wants to eat.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 2mg