Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni

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If pepperoni pizza and a pan of lasagna had a baby, it would be this Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni.

Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

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To Make This Recipe You Will Need:

  • rigatoni
  • unsalted butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • milk
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • oregano
  • marjoram
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • marinara sauce
  • turkey pepperoni
  • saucepan
  • baking dish
Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Ever since I was a kid, pepperoni pizza has been one of my favorite things to eat and continues to be one of my favorite variations of pizza. This dish takes the flavor of a pepperoni pizza and marries it with a nice dish of baked pasta.

To begin, preheat your oven to 400°(F). Cook a one pound package of rigatoni to just al dente according to package directions.

Meanwhile, melt 1/4 cup of unsalted butter in a sauce pan. Add in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and whisk together. Let it cook for one minute.

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Add in 3 cups of milk. Stirring continually, bring this to a gentle boil. The sauce will thicken nicely. Turn off the heat. Give the sauce a stir every couple minutes so that it doesn’t form a skin on top.

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Grate 5 ounces of mozzarella cheese.

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Put about 1/3 of the mozzarella into the sauce along with 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted in.

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Add in 1 teaspoon or oregano and a half teaspoon each of marjoram and black pepper and a quarter teaspoon of salt.

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Pour in a 24 ounce jar of your favorite marinara sauce. Stir together.

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Put half of your cooked & drained pasta into an oiled baking dish (9 x 13 or similar).

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Top with half of the sauce.

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Top with a layer of turkey pepperoni, about a third of a cup. Repeat with the remaining pasta and sauce.

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Layer the remaining mozzarella on top and another layer of pepperoni.

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Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Allow the dish to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Enjoy!

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Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
If pepperoni pizza and a pan of lasagna had a baby, it would be this Pepperoni Pizza Rigatoni.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Entrées – Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 346 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb rigatoni, cooked just al dente according to package directions
  • 1/4 c unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 c milk
  • 5 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 24 oz marinara sauce, 1 jar
  • 2/3 c sliced turkey pepperoni, divided

Instructions
 

  • To begin, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook a one pound package of rigatoni to just al dente according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a sauce pan. Add in the all-purpose flour and whisk together. Let it cook for one minute.
  • Add in the milk. Stirring continually, bring this to a gentle boil. The sauce will thicken nicely. Turn off the heat. Give the sauce a stir every couple minutes so that it doesn’t form a skin on top.
  • Grate the mozzarella cheese.
  • Put about 1/3 of the mozzarella into the sauce along with the parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted in.
  • Add in the oregano, marjoram, black pepper, salt, and marinara sauce. Stir together.
  • Put half of your cooked & drained pasta into an oiled baking dish (9 x 13 or similar).
  • Top with half of the sauce.
  • Top with a layer of pepperoni, about a third of a cup. Repeat with the remaining pasta and sauce.
  • Layer the remaining mozzarella on top and another layer of pepperoni. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  • Allow the dish to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
    Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cCalories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 15gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 590mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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