One-Pot Pizza Pasta is an easy, cheesy, comforting dinner recipe loaded with the flavor of all your favorite pizza toppings…all made in one pot!
Well, hello there, stranger! Whew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I’m in the process of wrapping up a behind-the-scenes post for y’all sharing my amazing experience last week at QVC, but before we get to that, I feel like I owe you a long-overdue recipe. How does One-Pot Pizza Pasta Sound???
This dinner is, quite simply put, amazing. It basically takes your favorite pizza toppings and turns them into a mouthwatering pasta dinner. And everything — from the sautéed mushrooms to the fettuccine — gets cooked in the same pot! THREE CHEERS FOR LESS DISHES TO WASH…who’s with me?
The last few times I’ve made spaghetti and meat sauce for dinner, I’ve cooked it all in one pot…which is totally brilliant because who wants to separately boil noodles and consequently have another big pot to clean? But my picky daughter still won’t eat regular ol’ spaghetti half the time, so I decided that perhaps I could entice her by adding some pizza elements (since she loooooves pizza) to our usual spaghetti dinner.
My family’s preferred pizza toppings happen to be sweet Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and black olives (though certain family members do pick off certain toppings), so that’s what I chose to include in our One-Pot Pizza Pasta. However, if you like a Supreme Pizza, for example, you may sautée some onions and bell peppers along with your mushrooms. You can add a bit of heat by using spicy Italian sausage, or you can keep things nice and mild by swapping out seasoned ground beef for the sausage. You may even substitute Canadian bacon or ham for the pepperoni, and stir in some pineapple tidbits at the end, for a Hawaiian pizza twist. The possibilities are endless, so make this meal your own!
At first glance, the recipe appears to have a lot of ingredients, but that’s mostly attributed to the fact that you basically make a homemade pizza sauce using tomato purée plus various herbs and spices. So yes, it takes a couple of minutes to measure everything out, but I promise that the ultimate flavor is worth it!
And although there are several steps to the recipe, those steps really couldn’t be any easier. Simply sautée the mushrooms in a big pot and then set them aside. In the same pot, brown the Italian sausage (or ground beef) along with a bit of chopped pepperoni. Then stir in your homemade pizza sauce, some beef broth, black olives (only if you like ’em), and dry fettuccine pasta. Simmer until the pasta is al dente. Then stir the mushrooms back in, top with shredded mozzarella, pepperoni slices, and a little bit of Parm, and broil for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbly. So don’t let the lengthy directions deceive you…this recipe is not difficult, it’s pretty quick to make, and it’s totally do-able for a weeknight!
So the next time you’re craving Italian food, make One-Pot Pizza Pasta! The next time you get a hankering for pizza, make One-Pot Pizza Pasta! The next time you want a big bowl of cheesy pasta, make One-Pot Pizza Pasta! It’s the best kind of Italian comfort food deliciousness…and you won’t even have a sink full of pots to show for it. 😉
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