Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese

Sharing a favorite homemade mac and cheese recipe today! My Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese could not be more delicious! Pepperoni pizza toppings mixed into homemade mac and cheese. The best!

homemade mac and cheese

Homemade Mac and Cheese

I love making new mac and cheese recipes. This fun spin on pepperoni pizza is absolutely a treat inside my homemade mac and cheese. How can you go wrong with extra cheese and pepperoni? This is a great weeknight meal or perfect for Sunday dinner with a nice side salad. Give this one a try, it does not disappoint 🙂

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homemade mac and cheese

Here are your ingredients. Pretty basic!

How To Make Homemade Mac and Cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in large 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and bell pepper, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in pepperoni and olives. In a separate large dutch oven or pot melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt pepper and garlic salt until thick. Slowly whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium high stirring until nice and thick. Once sauce is thickened, reduce heat to low. Stir in 3 cups of cheese then stir in cooked pasta and pepperoni mixture. Add splashes of milk to thin out cheese sauce to your liking. I added about 1/2 cup. Transfer half of the mac and cheese to prepared baking dish and top with remaining marinara sauce. Top with remaining mac and cheese then remaining 1 cup cheese.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve.

homemade mac and cheese

I used a small rigatoni, but use whatever small pasta you’d like.

homemade mac and cheese

homemade mac and cheese

Rinse your pasta with cold water to stop the cooking 🙂

homemade mac and cheese

Saute those onions in some olive oil.

homemade mac and cheese

You’ll add some lovely chopped bell pepper.

homemade mac and cheese

Take some pepperoni’s and slice them in half.

homemade mac and cheese

Add them to the pot and give a good stir.

How To Make Mac and Cheese Roux

homemade mac and cheese

Let’s make the cheese sauce for the mac. Melt 1 stick of butter in a large pot.

homemade mac and cheese

Whisk in your flour, salt, pepper and garlic salt.

homemade mac and cheese

Slowly whisk in your milk until nice and thick.

homemade mac and cheese

Stir in your cheese until nice and smooth.

homemade mac and cheese

Cheese!

Homemade Cheese Sauce

homemade mac and cheese

Ready!

homemade mac and cheese

Add your cooked pasta and pepperoni mixture to the cheese sauce.

homemade mac and cheese

If you like black olives, add those too, otherwise leave them out.

homemade mac and cheese

Give a good stir, taste and season with additional seasonings if needed.

homemade mac and cheese

Transfer half of the mac into baking dish and spoon marinara sauce over top.

homemade mac and cheese

Top with remaining mac and cheese.

homemade mac and cheese

Top with more cheese and time to bake!

homemade mac and cheese

Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese

This Pepperonia Pizza Mac and Cheese could not be more delicious! Pizza toppings mixed into homemade mac and cheese. Yes please!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 623kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 10
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound box small dry pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups halved pepperoni slices
  • 15 ounce can black olives drained (optional)
  • 1 stick/8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 cups milk I used skim
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce I used skim
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil in large 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and bell pepper, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in pepperoni and olives. In a separate large dutch oven or pot melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt pepper and garlic salt until thick. Slowly whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium high stirring until nice and thick. Once sauce is thickened, reduce heat to low. Stir in 3 cups of cheese then stir in cooked pasta and pepperoni mixture. Add splashes of milk to thin out cheese sauce to your liking. I added about 1/2 cup. Transfer half of the mac and cheese to prepared baking dish and top with remaining marinara sauce. Top with remaining mac and cheese then remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1927mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1246IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 469mg | Iron: 2mg
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  4. Sonia

    Hi! I tried this recipe today and it was the best mac n cheese I’ve ever had! The children loved it too! It was absolutely delicious 🙂

  5. Deanna

    Okay, I made this the other night and I have to comment and tell you that it was WONDERFUL! My husband is a picky eater but he even loved it. I did omit the olives since no one in the house is a fan and I did half mozz/cheddar instead of just the cheddar. Thanks for posting this recipe!

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