Pepperoni Pizza Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

5 from 1 vote

Sharing our favorite creamy baked mac and cheese today! My Pepperoni Pizza Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese makes the perfect dinner for any occasion.

creamy baked mac and cheese

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

There’s nothing better than easy homemade mac and cheese. I kicked it up a notch with my Pepperoni Pizza Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese today. It’s ultra cheesy and has that delicious Pepperoni Pizza flavors too. You’ll love this one!

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creamy baked mac and cheese

 

How To Make Baked Mac and Cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. I recommend cooking the pasta a minute less than the directions.  Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
  3. To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until color of roux gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in cheese until melted.
  4. Transfer cooked pasta to large dutch oven or pot over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine. This is a thick and creamy sauce. To thin the sauce, add a few tablespoons of milk at a time until at desired consistency.
  5. Transfer stovetop mac and cheese to a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top evenly with pizza sauce, pepperonis and Mozzarella cheese. Bake for 25-3- minutes, until cheese is melted and dish is heated through. Remove and serve hot.

 

 

creamy baked mac and cheese

Stir cooked pasta into cheese sauce until well combined. Add splashes of milk to get the consistency desired.

creamy baked mac and cheese

Transfer mac and cheese to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and top with prepared pizza sauce.

creamy baked mac and cheese

Top dish with pepperonis.

creamy baked mac and cheese

How Long To Bake Mac and Cheese

Add lots of shredded Mozzarella cheese and bake at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and hot.

creamy baked mac and cheese

Remove from oven when cheese is melted and bubbly, turning golden brown around edges.

creamy baked mac and cheese

How To Serve Baked Mac and Cheese

Serve hot, shortly after removing from oven. Serve with a nice chopped salad, roasted vegetables and garlic bread if you’d like.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

creamy baked mac and cheese

creamy baked mac and cheese
5 from 1 vote

Pepperoni Pizza Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

This Pepperoni Pizza Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese is a huge hit at any dinner! Creamy homemade mac and cheese baked with a pizza layer on top!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • Dutch Oven
  • saucepan

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound dry small pasta I used elbow
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2-2 1/2 cups milk I use 2%
  • 2 cups finely shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup prepared pizza sauce
  • 20 pepperonis
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. I recommend cooking the pasta a minute less than the directions. Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
  • To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until color of roux gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in cheese until melted.
  • Transfer cooked pasta to large dutch oven or pot over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine. This is a thick and creamy sauce. To thin the sauce, add a few tablespoons of milk at a time until at desired consistency.
  • Transfer stovetop mac and cheese to a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top evenly with pizza sauce, pepperonis and Mozzarella cheese. Bake for 25-3- minutes, until cheese is melted and dish is heated through. Remove and serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 1mg
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1 Response
  1. Sydnee

    5 stars
    I was a little apprehensive about this recipe, but when you’re a broke college student and have all the ingredients for something, you make it. OH MY HEAVENS this was incredible!!! The cheese sauce – I could have stuck a straw in the pot and drank it all. I was so pleased with this recipe. WOW it was so yummy, and super simple to make!

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