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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
Keyword baked mac and cheese, baked mac and cheese recipe, best baked mac and cheese recipe, creamy baked mac and cheese, easy baked mac and cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 301kcal
Author Jenny
Cost $15

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