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Cheesy pizza pasta bake in a cast iron skillet.
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Cheesy Skillet Pizza Pasta Bake

Take pasta night to a whole new level with this cheesy skillet pizza pasta bake! Loaded with classic pizza toppings, this easy weeknight meal can't miss.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword 30 minute, comfort food, pasta bake, pizza, weeknight meal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Dana Sandonato

Equipment

  • Oven-safe skillet

Ingredients

heat oven to 375º F.Bake for 15 minutesbroil for 5 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly

  • 1/2 lb rotini, or any short noodle like macaroni, fusilli, etc.
  • 2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms; save a few slices for topping
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced; save some for topping
  • 1/4 cup diced pepperoni; plus some full pepperoni slices for topping I highly encourage you seek you cup n' crisp pepperoni! But regular pepperoni will do.
  • 1 TBSP freshly chopped oregano
  • 2 cups basic marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella, more if you like it *super* cheesy
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Arrange a rack to the middle and preheat the oven to 375º F.
  • Cook your pasta to al dente as per the instructions on the package; drain and set aside.
  • While the pasta cooks, heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and let them simmer until they've softened slightly—about two minutes. Add the mushrooms and green peppers, and let them cook until soft—about five minutes—stirring occasionally. Hit the skillet with a pinch of salt and a crack of pepper. Stir in the chopped pepperoni and, finally, add the noodles.
  • Gently toss the noodles to evenly distribute the cooked ingredients throughout. Add the marinara and freshly chopped oregano, and toss the pasta until it's evenly coated with sauce. Sprinkle the pasta with the mozzarella cheese, then top the cheese with slices of pepperoni, mushrooms, and green peppers.
  • Place the skillet in the oven, middle rack, and bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. Then, turn on the broiler and broil the pasta skillet for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is slightly golden and bubbly. If you're using cup n' crisp pepperoni, they should also be nicely curled up with crispy edges! (Best thing ever.)
  • Remove the pasta bake from the oven and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before digging in. It'll be difficult, I know. But it'll be worth the wait.