Here is a new one-pot recipe that is sure to be a hit with your entire family! This One-Pot Pizza Pasta has all the flavors of a traditional pizza cooked up in a homemade one-pot tomato sauce. I’m always trying out new variations of my popular one-pot meals with my family and this variation was a huge hit. Initially, I made it with just the mini pepperoni and it was delicious! But the next time, I added half a pound of Italian style turkey sausage and we loved it even more! Sausage and pepperoni are a classic pizza combination, so of course it works perfectly in this pasta. What I really love about this one-pot pizza pasta is that you can add any of your favorite pizza toppings to customize the recipe. I would love to top mine with mushrooms and olives, but I’m the only one in my family that likes that combination:o)
Let me show you how easy this flavorful pasta dish is to make. You can have it on the table in less than thirty minutes, and you only have one pot to clean!
Check out these cute little mini pepperonis. These are the star of the recipe and my kids just loved them!
I started by lightly frying the pepperonis in olive oil. This gave them a crispy texture and added another layer of flavor to the dish by seasoning the olive oil. The pepperoni are so tiny, it only takes a minute or two to crisp them up. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a plate lined with a paper towel.
In the same oil, sauté onion, garlic and crushed red pepper until onions and garlic start to soften.
Then add in the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks. I used italian style turkey sausage links with the casings removed. This works perfectly with regular italian sausage as well. Use sweet or hot, whichever your family prefers! Once the sausage is cooked through, stir in tomato paste and cook for an additional minute.
Then stir in canned tomatoes, low-sodium chicken broth, uncooked pasta, oregano, and add half of the pepperonis back to the pan.
Let simmer on low, covered for about fifteen minutes, just until the pasta is tender and the sauce has thickened. Remove the lid and give the pasta a stir. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed and remove from heat.
Added freshly shredded mozzarella cheese and remaining pepperoni and cover to let the cheese melt. Sprinkle with freshly minced flat-leaf parsley or basil leaves.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 6 oz package of mini pepperoni
- 1/2 large onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flake
- 8 oz of Italian style turkey sausage or Italian sausage
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 14.5 oz can of low-sodium chicken broth
- 8 oz of dried rotini pasta
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 2 cups of freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
- Fresh flat-leaf parsley or basil leaves for garnish
Heat olive oil over medium high heat and lightly fry mini pepperonis for 1-2 minutes, just until they start to crisp.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
Add onions and crushed red pepper flake to pan and salute until onions start to soften.
Remove sausage from casings and add to pan, breaking up as it cooks.
Once sausage is cooked through, stir in tomato paste and cook for an additional minute.
Add canned tomatoes,low-sodium chicken broth, uncooked dried pasta and oregano to the pan.
Bring to a simmer and stir in 1/2 of mini pepperonis.
Cover pot and reduce heat to low.
Let cook covered until pasta is cooked through and sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes.
Remove lid and give the pasta and sauce a stir.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Remove from heat, top with shredded cheese and remaining pepperonis.
Replace lid and let cheese melt, 1-2- minutes.
Garnish with fresh parsley or basil.
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