Baked Pasta with Pepperoni
Happy weekend peeps! Are you looking forward to Monday? Just kidding…never met a person that is actually looking forward to a dreadful Monday!!! I need a tub of coffee just because it’s Monday. You probably didn’t know, but this post is my 500th… 4 years of active blogging. You have no idea how this fulfilled my life. I will reserve those thoughts for the anniversary post!
On the other note, it’s been such a tough week for me in so many levels that I can’t even explain, and on top all it’s so hot these days that you can’t spend 10 minutes outside. One thing that was happy is that hubs and I just celebrated last weekend our anniversary. Yup! 14 years, already; the Only thing that I could say is that I couldn’t have a better partner and a friend… I am truly blessed! The best part is that he is always there when I need a shoulder to lean on.
Time is really flying, although I do have a daily reminder when I look at my kids?! Knock on the wood, they are growing so fast, too fast!
Anyhow, Let’s talk about this dish.
When my family needs a quick comfort food, especially on those busy nights when I don’t want to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen slaving over the stove, this is the meal to go. You can add leftover chicken, hard/Genoa salami, or sauteed ground beef instead of the pepperoni. Let me just be clear here, I am not a huge fan of pepperoni. I rather go for a real sauteed ground beef, but whoever tried this combo was in love, so I continued making it with pepperoni for years.
Another thing is that you can use your favorite pasta sauce instead of the Alfredo sauce, but if you ask me, I am a sucker for a creamy yummy pasta especially with loads of cheese so don’t judge. Be creative, use what you like, or have in your pantry…but layer it, cheese it and bake it…done quick, family happy and no fuss over dinner. Serve it with fresh vegetables, or lettuce salad.
Baked Pasta with Pepperoni
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
- 3 cups Cooked Macaroni or other pasta
- 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 3/4 cup Alfredo sauce
- 1.5 cup Broccoli florets blanched
- Taco Cheese Mix shredded
Preheat the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place macaroni in the deeper baking dish and toss it with olive oil, then add Alfredo sauce, blanched broccoli florets, and sprinkle a little bit of cheese. Mix it together.
Add a layer of pepperoni, and top it with more taco cheese mix.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and bubbly.
Serve it with the salad on the side.
You can add any cheese that you would prefer, and of course any amount. If you are serving it to more people, just increase the number of ingredients. It stores well over-night in the fridge. Preheat, to heat it again.