I’ve got another fun and frugal 20 minute dinner idea that your family will love! This Pepperoni Pasta Recipe is easy to make but tastes great.
Pepperoni Pasta Recipe
You are going to love how easy this pepperoni pizza pasta is. It is very kid friendly and perfect for a busy evening.
Throw together a salad or steam some vegetables and you have a complete meal. You can’t go wrong with this delicious meal.
What do you need to make this pepperoni casserole?
- ground beef or ground turkey
- crushed tomatoes or spaghetti sauce
- Parmesan cheese (This is optional but so yummy!)
How do I make Pepperoni Penne Pasta?
Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Make sure to drain any grease.
I like to boil the pasta until al dente while I’m cooking the ground beef or turkey.
Add the tomatoes and seasoning to the meat. Stir the pepperonis in the mixture.
Top the pasta with the sauce mixture and serve!
We like to add Parmesan Cheese but that is optional.
Keep reading for the full recipe. It really is SO simple.
What to serve with pepperoni pasta:
We often serve a simple salad with this meal. It is quick and easy and goes great with the pasta.
Keep it simple and enjoy! If you have a few extra minutes, try this Garlic Bread Cheese Sticks Recipe.
Different ways to make pepperoni pasta:
This recipe is so versatile and you can easily use what you have on hand. You can use anything you like on your pepperoni pizza to make this dish your own.
Add mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, black olives or anything you like on pizza. You can also use ground chicken or sausage instead of ground beef or ground turkey.
This dish is really so amazing however you decide to fix it.
Tips for making Pepperoni Pasta Recipe:
One of our favorite time saving tips is to use a small food chopper or processor to quickly and easily chop the onions. If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them.
They are such a time saver. I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need.
It’s so nice to be able to just take diced onion out of the freezer for recipes. This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
This Pepperoni Pasta dinner freezes great!
You can freeze the pasta, but the best part is to freeze the meat sauce. Then you can just toss it in the crockpot (frozen) and have dinner on the table in no time. If you want, you can freeze the pasta, but I would under cook it slightly and freeze in a separate bag.
This pepperoni pasta dinner can be prepared in minutes.
You can easily enjoy dinner with your family with simple and easy meals like this one.
How much did this cost my family?
- 1 pound of ground beef – $3.18 at sam’s (you can get ground turkey for under $2 at Aldi)
- 2 jar of spaghetti sauce – only $.50
- Pepperonis – $.50
- Pasta (half a box) – $.30 got this for cheap at Walmart after my coupons
Grand total – Only $4.48!!
Pepperoni pasta recipes are so frugal!
It is even cheaper if you are using ground turkey. I can get a bag of salad for $1.99, and my family eats about a half a bag, meaning that is only $.99 extra.
Can you see how you can honestly feed your family for less? Everyone will love this pepperoni pasta sauce mixed with delicious pasta.
This is one of our favorite homemade beef pepperoni recipes!
We also love to make pepperoni pasta bake!
Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and bake! This is so easy and another great option.
Another idea that is so easy is Pepperoni Spaghetti.
Simply use spaghetti instead of penne. Yum!
This is the best pasta dish and so easy. You can’t beat this frugal and tasty dinner idea.
Give it a try! Your family will love this recipe!
Print this Pepperoni Pasta recipe below:
This Pepperoni pasta dinner is frugal and fast to make. Your kids will beg for more with the pepperonis inside!
- 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
- 2 cans of crushed tomatoes or 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning eliminate this if using spaghetti sauce
- 1 tsp Garlic Salt
- ½ can water
- handful of pepperonis we cut them in half
- ½ pkg pasta we use rotini or penne
Brown your ground beef or ground turkey completely in a skillet.
Bring a pot of water to boil for your pasta.
Add in crushed tomatoes, seasonings, and water.
Add in pepperonis and stir slightly.
Bring skillet to a boil, then cover and let simmer on low for 10 minutes.
Add pasta to water and boil according to directions. (about 8 minutes)
Serve sauce on top of pasta.
Add parmesan cheese (optional).
Try these other recipes with pepperoni slices:
- Pepperoni Cheese Ball
- Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
- Crock Pot Pizza Chicken Recipe
- Hawaiian Roll Pizza Sliders Recipe
Here are some more skillet dinners to try too:
- Brown Sugar Skillet Chicken
- Easy Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes
- Skillet Chicken and Rice Burritos
- Tex-Mex Skillet Chicken Recipe
- Skillett Macaroni Dinner – Have dinner ready in under 15 minutes!
Do you need a simple weeknight dinner idea? This Oven Roasted Potatoes & Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner is a complete meal all in one pan.
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