Meat Lover’s Pizza Pasta Bake is exactly what I like to make when pizza comes up on a busy weeknight. It’s loaded with ooey gooey cheese, fun twisty pasta, seasoned beef, pepperoni, sausage and bacon… Need I say more? This is our family favorite choice for a weeknight “pizza night” and I am sure it will be yours, too!
We really love pizza and we could eat it everyday! Munchkin goes crazy for pizza and she lets us know when we are driving past our favorite pizza place. As in, "what are you doing? The pizza is back there!!!". We all love the meat lovers pizza; loaded with pepperoni, beef, sausage and bacon. It makes my heart go pitter patter.
This Meat Lover's Pizza Pasta Bake is my spin on our favorite pizza. My picky 3 year old squeals when she hears "pizza pasta for dinner" and gobbles it down as quick as I can get it on her plate. Chad is no different he certainly loves it too! And Me? Well, let's just say you don't need to go gettin' all fancy on me and bother takin' it out of the pan. Just give me a fork! Just be glad I am civilized about this and using a fork. Seriously I could dive into this pan.
Why do I love thee so??? Let me count the ways... Pepperoni, sausage, beef, bacon and ooey gooey cheese. I love it for so many reasons, it tastes unbelievable and it can be on the table in half an hour!
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Meat Lover's Pizza Pasta Bake
SERVES 8 | ACTIVE TIME 15 Min | TOTAL TIME 30 Min
8 ounces dried cellentani pasta (or elbow)
20 slices pepperoni
2 cooked Italian sausage links (about 1/2 pound total)
5 slices uncooked bacon
½ pound lean ground beef
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (divided)
1 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more for pasta water)
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
8 ounces Italian blend shredded cheese
5 ounces fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Bring a covered 8 quart pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and a handful of salt. Cook according to package directions (approximately 7-10 minutes). Remove from heat when pasta is al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Brown ground beef with a sprinkle of kosher salt and a teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
On a microwave safe plate, cook bacon between 4 paper towels in microwave for 4-5 minutes or until cooked. Dice bacon. Set aside. Heat precooked sausage in microwave for 1 minute. Slice and set aside.
In a blender combine diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders. Blend until smooth.
Once pasta is drained, immediately add sauce, ¾ of both cheeses, ½ of pepperoni, ½ of sausage, ground beef, and bacon to hot saucepan and stir with pasta until combined.
Pour pasta mixture into a 9” deep pie pan cover top of pasta with remaining sausage and pepperoni. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top and bake for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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Recipe by Donna Elick originally published on Parade.com