My kids and husband love pepperoni pizza. I had all the fixings for a pizza in my fridge like pepperoni, sauce and cheese, but no crust. So I improvised and used pasta as my base instead. My son is still asking if there are any leftovers. I think he is just hinting for me to make it again soon. This dish is really quick to put together and finishes off in the oven. I loved the pizza flavor I got from the pasta and the kids ate every morsel, unlike most pizzas where we have pizza crust leftovers.
lb of penne pasta ( used whole grain)
1 bag of pepperoni slices (leave 15 slices for topping)
1 medium onion finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic grated
1 jar of favorite spaghetti sauce
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
red chili flakes to taste
sprinkle of sugar (if needed)
salt and black pepper to taste
2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
1 Tbs canola oil
cheese and reserved slice pepperoni. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Allow pasta to sit for 10 minutes before serve. Enjoy.
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