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Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We are enjoying our family this week, definitely my favorite time of year πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Let’s take a look.

Here are your ingredients. Pretty basic!

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

Rinse your pasta with cold water to stop the cooking πŸ™‚

Saute those onions in some olive oil.

You’ll add some lovely chopped bell pepper.

Take some pepperoni’s and slice them in half.

Add them to the pot and give a good stir.

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

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

Slowly whisk in your milk until nice and thick.

Stir in your cheese until nice and smooth.



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

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

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

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

Top with remaining mac and cheese.

Top with more cheese and time to bake!


Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese


  • 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


  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. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve.

Makes 8-10 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Gold Medal Flour but thoughts are my own.

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  1. 1

    It seems to be a very comfort dish πŸ˜‰
    I love your whisk !!

  2. 2

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  3. 3

    Oh my goodness! This sounds amazing! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  4. 4
    Cortney S says:

    What kind of marinara sauce do you use and how much?

  5. 5

    What a fun kind of mac and cheese. I love adding in different things.

  6. 6

    Oh my goodness, this looks so good! I love when some of my favorite foods, like pizza and mac and cheese, come together in one dish. What a wonderful idea!

  7. 7

    oh my. all of us are pepperoni pizza lovers in this house! this looks insanely good. will be making soon!

  8. 8
    Lisa says:

    Oh, my goodness! This looks like a home run. I know my mac-n’-cheese loving daughter will flip for this one. Can’t wait to try it!

  9. 9

    I love what you do to me.

  10. 10
    Erin says:

    My husband bought your cookbook for me for Christmas…love it!

  11. 11

    I love to use rigatoni in place of elbow mac! Definitely need to serve this dish alongside a BIG healthy salad πŸ™‚

  12. 12

    Yum! I love all your pictures. My hubby would love this dish.

  13. 13
    nicole says:

    hi, that looks really *yummy* will try this too πŸ™‚

    have a nice day
    greetz from germany nic maybe you wanne try some crafting fΓΌr new years eve πŸ˜‰

  14. 14

    oh wow, this looks really good! I love pizza flavored anything, but I’ve never had it in mac and cheese. Love the layer of sauce in the middle!

  15. 15

    This is my kinda food! Love the olives in it too πŸ™‚

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  17. 17

    This turned out perfect! I cut it in half my husband loved it! Thank you! I just started a food blog and I would love for you to check it out and let me know your feedback! thank you!

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    Deanna says:

    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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    Sonia says:

    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 πŸ™‚

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    Marilyn says:

    hello from Iowa :))))) This dish is dinner tonight .. Super excited to taste it !!! I will let you know what my boys say
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