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Pepperoni 'n' Tomato Pasta Recipe

Pepperoni 'n' Tomato Pasta Recipe

A casual dinner turns into a bow-tie affair when I toss pasta, mushrooms, pepperoni and tomato sauce together. This recipe is my version of a favorite restaurant dish. —Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni, quartered
  • 4 cups uncooked ziti or bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, green pepper and mushrooms in oil until tender.
  • 2. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, bay leaves, sugar and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Stir in pepperoni. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • 3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and place in a large serving bowl. Discard bay leaves from sauce; stir in Parmesan cheese. Pour over pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Yield: 8 servings.

Reviews for Pepperoni 'n' Tomato Pasta

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niagaracat User ID: 3122379 160600
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"Aside from not having the fennel this was a quick and easy meal to prepare. I served this over whole wheat bow tie pasta and didn't bother with the mozzarella sprinkled on top."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 140748
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"I thought 8 servings would be too much so I cut the recipe in half. I thought it was delicious. The flavor was excellent and it was very easy to make. I wouldn't change a thing. My kids ate it, however, they picked out the green pepper, tomatoes, and mushrooms."

strojhs User ID: 586795 100354
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"Made half of the recipe for two of us; then made the full reciped for a Senior dinner and came home with very little. Super taste; the pepperoni and the red pepper flakes give it a spicey taste. I like what others have said they put in it. I'm sure it would only enhance it. Love it and plan on passing this recipe around."

mjounan User ID: 5799644 173731
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"I made it; we ate it ... and ate it. Even my co-workers loved the leftovers. I added some Italian sausage, black olives and artichoke hearts to my sauce and used penne pasta (since that's what I had on hand). My Italian husband said it's a winner."

jajm6 User ID: 1412288 172595
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"My whole family loved this!! I added a bit of browned hamburger to make it a bit meatier for my guys."

mjounan User ID: 5799644 104175
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"I printed the recipe out to make this weekend. This is very similar to my fave dish at our local restaurant - although they also put crumbled It. sausage and olives in it & use penne pasta - they call it Penne Rustica & charge $14.95"

bevy444 User ID: 1560014 140747
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"how about nutritional values?"

mylib910 User ID: 5345958 86027
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"This is fabulous - def make again and perfect just the way it is!"

Fuddge User ID: 5322023 86017
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"I made this ewcipe today and it was wonderful. You can change the recipe any way you like, that doesn't mean there is something wrong with it. I omited the mushrooms because I have an alergy to them. My husband also loved it..Can't wait to share it with my friends."

bubba73 User ID: 4634611 100340
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"This takes a little effort, but well worth it...yum!"

Gypsy1941 User ID: 5708944 111891
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"It's Barilla sauce, sorry. I find that this jarred sauce is the closest taste to homemade sauce than any other."

Gypsy1941 User ID: 5708944 100339
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"Instead of tomatoe sauce and tomatoes, I use Barillo Spag. Sauce w/garlic and mushrooms. Also replaced sugar with one tablespoon of baking soda (reduces acid and does not add to the sugar content of other ingredients)."

ajoangel User ID: 5640677 140746
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"Can you lighten this one up, would love to try it?"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 103038
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"Holy moly, this is delicious! Make it for dinner tonight!

~ Theresa"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.