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This cheesy pepperoni pizza pasta bake is super simple with only 4 ingredients. It comes together fast, and it’s family friendly!

Love fuss-free pizza inspired recipes at home? Try my Pepperoni French Bread Pizza or BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza next.

pizza pasta bake in a casserole dish

Why you’ll love it

This pizza casserole is one of those recipes that’s great when you’re low on time and patience but still want something hot and comforting. It makes a generous amount and it’s fairly inexpensive, so that’s another bonus. If you’ve got picky eaters, this recipe is definitely worth a try. Who doesn’t love pizza and pasta?

My very first job when I was 17 years old was working at a pizza place. I actually really liked that job, and even now whenever I make anything pizza related, the memories come flooding back. I guess in a way it predicted my future career! This pasta bake is way easier than making pizza from scratch, though. 😉

What you’ll need

  • Pasta – I chose penne, but you can swap it for another pasta shape if you wish. Just make sure it’s similar in size, e.g. rigatoni.
  • Marinara sauce – use your favorite brand. I really like Mezzetta or using my own Homemade Marinara if I’ve got a little more time. If marinara isn’t your thing, sub with another tomato-based pasta sauce (vodka sauce, arrabbiata, etc.), or even pizza sauce.
  • Pepperoni – bags of pepperoni seem to come in various sizes depending where you live/what store you buy from, so anything around 10 ounces will work. It doesn’t have to be exact. Another option is to buy a stick of pepperoni and slice it yourself. Just try to slice it quite thin.
  • Mozzarella – I save time and buy bagged shredded cheese. You can definitely grate your own. It’ll taste even better!

Pro tips

  • Since this recipe uses only a handful of ingredients, the quality of the ingredients definitely matters! Be sure you buy a good quality pepperoni, for example, and a pasta sauce that you genuinely enjoy.
  • I like to mix some of the pepperoni into the casserole as well as topping it with the pepperoni. That way you can fit more pepperoni into the recipe (vs. just using it as a topping), which is always a bonus in my book.

How to make this pizza pasta bake

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

mixing penne with marinara sauce and adding to a casserole dish

Preheat your oven to 375F. Boil the pasta for 2 minutes less than package directions, and drain it. Stir in the marinara sauce and about a third of the pepperoni. Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish, spreading in an even layer.

adding cheese and pepperoni to a pasta bake

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over it evenly. Arrange the remainder of the pepperoni over top. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes. Carefully broil so the pepperoni is crispy and the cheese is golden, and enjoy!

Substitutions and variations

  • Sauté some crumbled Italian sausage and mushrooms, onions, and garlic, and add it in. Then you can get more of a meat lover’s style pizza casserole.
  • You could definitely throw in some cooked veggies if you wanted to. Or some olives! 
  • Stir some red pepper flakes into the marinara for a spicy kick, and/or add some garlic powder and dried oregano to up the flavor.
  • Switch up the cheese if you like. A mozza/cheddar blend would work great or a Tex-Mex blend to change it up a bit. Or add in an extra cup or so of freshly grated parmesan cheese to make that cheese layer even better.
pizza pasta bake in a white bowl

What to serve with this pizza pasta bake

Leftovers and storage

  • This pizza casserole is best right away, but you can keep leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days easily in a covered container.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over a low heat until warmed through. Add a splash of marinara sauce if it looks like it needs it.
  • I don’t recommend freezing the leftovers.
close-up of pizza casserole

Will you give this pepperoni pizza pasta bake a try? Questions? Let me know in the comments below! As always, tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram so I can see your creations.

close-up of pizza casserole
4.91 from 10 votes

Super Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

This cheesy pepperoni pizza pasta bake is super simple with only 4 ingredients. It comes together fast, and it's family friendly!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound uncooked penne
  • 3 cups (24 oz.) marinara sauce see note
  • 10 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • Boil a salted pot of water for the pasta and cook it 2 minutes less than package directions suggest. Once the pasta is done, drain it and return it to the pot it was cooked in, then stir in the marinara sauce and about 1/3 of the package of pepperoni.
  • Transfer the mixture to a 9×13 baking/casserole dish and spread in an even layer.
  • Top with the mozzarella, then add the remaining pepperoni over top of the cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes, and then broil for a few minutes to crisp up the pepperoni and cheese (watch it carefully so it doesn't burn).

Notes

  • Serves 6-8.
  • 3 cups = a 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce. I prefer a little more sauce, so I usually open a second jar and add another 0.5-1 cup, but if you don’t want to open another jar, stick with the 3 cups.
  • Sliced pepperoni comes in a variety of package sizes, so you may need to buy more than one for the 10 ounces. Anything that’s a little less or little more will work fine.
  • See blog post for ideas for recipe variations.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 491kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 59mg, Sodium: 1284mg, Potassium: 551mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 587IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 173mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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25 Comments

  1. Echo64 says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight after seeing a similar Pizza Pasta Bake in the video game “Fears to Fathom – Ironbark Lookout”, it looked so good in the game I just had to try it in real life. It turned out amazing, everyone at the table asked for seconds, I’ll definitely be making this on a regular schedule going forward!

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha that’s so fun! Well I’m so glad it worked out!

  2. Dana Gowan says:

    I tried today an we loved it……

    1. Natasha says:

      Awesome!! 😀

  3. Damon Anderson says:

    5 stars
    I made this meal yesterday day.. And we enjoyed it. The next time, I make this meal, I will add more marinara sauce.. I LOVE Marinara.. Overall GREAT RECIPE..

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled you enjoyed it, Damon! 😀

  4. Najat says:

    Can I prepare and refrigerate to bake the next day?

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      I suppose, but the pasta will likely soak up the sauce, so you may want to add extra. It’s easy to assemble, so I wouldn’t recommend doing so ahead of time.

  5. Kaye says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so good and easy! I use for church suppers!!

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      Wonderful to hear, Kaye!! Thanks so much for leaving a review!

  6. Dotte says:

    4 stars
    I made this and also added diced red onions, sliced mushrooms, & a bit of minced garlic. To make it again, I would definitely switch out the marinara sauce (used Barilla fresh marinara vs jarred) for pizza sauce instead because I feel like it needs a “kick,” it was good but fairly bland. It was easy to make, and with that sauce change, I think it would be pretty good. Oh, and I increased the size of the casserole dish and I’m glad I did. Adding mushrooms and onions really didn’t add that much volume-it wouldn’t have fit into the 9 x 13 the recipe called for.

    1. Christa K Fatora says:

      5 stars
      I am going to add bite size meatballs and extra marinara with pizza flakes on top! I can’t wait to try it!

      1. Natasha says:

        Enjoy!

  7. Sonya says:

    5 stars
    So this was very good. Also made it with spaghetti noodles for the 5yr old. Chopped up the pepperoni in hers. Next time will chop pepperoni in both dishes. May have had too many noodles in adults dish or not enough sauce.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Love the chopped pepperoni idea. 🙂 Yup, you could definitely adjust the sauce next time.

  8. M.K. says:

    If I wanted to add mushrooms and green pepper to this, do you think I need to cook them first, or could I throw them in raw? Thanks!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I would sauté them in a skillet first.

  9. Isa says:

    5 stars
    So simple but so so good! Adding it to our regular rotation. Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed it, Isa! Thanks for letting me know. 😀

  10. Betty J Gonzalez says:

    I put a can of cream of mushroom soup and use egg noodles

    1. Natasha says:

      Great!