Pepperoni Macaroni

I have a tendency to get a bit of a self-inflated ego when it comes to the way my kids eat. They are great eaters and for the most part, they will eat whatever is put in front of them. They eat their veggies. They eat all kinds of different meats. They love exotic flavors and new ingredients. I pat myself on the back when they are served a “fancy” meal and clean their plates.

But nothing brings me back to earth as quickly as a discussion about meals with them. Ask them what their favorite meals are and they’ll prove they are kids with fairly stereotypical tastes. Spaghetti, pizza, macaroni and cheese, tacos and French toast top their lists of favorites. Seriously? I was expecting to hear ragout and curry and bisque. Oh well. Leave it to the kids to keep it real for me!

So I wasn’t at all surprised when this Pepperoni Macaroni flew off their plates and into their mouths. It is classic kid-fare after all. As for my husband and myself, we realized we’re still kids at heart too. A simple meal that includes pepperoni, pizza sauce and pasta tastes just like you’d think it would whether you’re 4 or 34.

Pepperoni Macaroni

  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 t. Italian seasoning
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1/8 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 lb. macaroni noodles
  • 1 3.5 oz. package pepperoni
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Combine the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, water, olive oil and seasonings in a small bowl. Stir to combine well. Cover and refrigerate until using.

+ 8-10 minutes boiling time Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni and cook according to package directions. While pasta cooks, cut the pepperoni into halves or quarters. Drain pasta. If not using right away, rinse with cold water before refrigerating to keep it from sticking together.

Combine pasta, pepperoni and pizza sauce in a large skillet (or use the pasta pot to cut down on dishes). Cook over medium heat just until heated through. Top with grated Parmesan cheese before serving, if desired.

Please tell me I’m not the only one whose kids would opt for pizza over puttanesca!

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3 thoughts on “Pepperoni Macaroni

  1. Ooh, my family loves pepperoni macaroni! I add ground beef, onion, mushrooms, and black olives, then top with mozzarella cheese before popping it into the oven to get hot.

  2. haha, I don’t even know what puttanesca is!!!! But I do have 3 different pizza inspired meals on our menu for this month BUT it’s not the kids that crave that yummy flavor as much as me though-hehe. }one includes your pizza baked pasta 😉 thanks for sharing!!!

  3. My mom used to make something similar for us when we were growing up but she used rotini noodles, mozzarella cheese and called it pizza hotdish! We loved it!

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