Pizza Pasta

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Rated 4.5 based on 5 customer reviews
Pizza Pasta
Pizza Pasta


  • 4 cups rigatoni pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (3 ounce) package pepperoni slices
  • 8 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta at a boil until al dente, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Stir 4 cups water, tomato paste, garlic, parsley, onion powder, oregano, and basil together in a saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add sausage and cook until the meat browns and is no longer pink, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  4. Drain grease from the pan and place over medium-low heat. Pour tomato sauce over the sausage; add mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices. Stir the mixture, cover the pot, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir cooked pasta to sauce and stir to coat. Divide into bowls and serve warm. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese as desired.
Mealthy tip:

You can also make this savory pasta vegetarian! Simply omit the sausage and pepperoni, and replace with 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms of your choice and cook as directed. You could also mix in steamed broccoli rabe or cubed zucchini to add more nutrients.


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Jessica Scott says:

My kids went crazy over this pizza-inspired pasta. I make spaghetti so much, I know they get tired of eating it all the time. This recipe was a great alternative for them, and really easy for me to make on busy weeknights. This is definitely a new favorite in the Scott household.

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Laura Griffin says:

This actually tasted like pizza, which was amazing. Can't go wrong with sausage and pepperoni either! Next time I will probably mix in bell peppers.

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DC Cote says:

I used mini pepperonis for this recipe, I thought the regular size pepperoni slices would be too big? I also used an Italian seasoning mix instead of the herbs and spices listed here. it tastes a lot like pizza, I'm just not sure I love all the carbs.

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Rachel Douglas says:

This didn't turn out exactly how I anticipated. It had good flavor, but I think it needed more sauce. Next time I will probably used store-bought jarred sauce instead of the tomato paste mixture.

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Sheila Long says:

I made this but with spaghetti noodles instead of penne, and added bell peppers for flavor. Better than regular spaghetti!