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This Pizza Pasta Skillet is easy and takes only 30 minutes, making it perfect for any weeknight meal!  Just like a pizza, you can choose to add all of your favorite pizza toppings or keep it simple with cheese and pepperoni.  This skillet dinner will have even the pickiest of eaters coming back for more!

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An overhead view of a pizza pasta skillet topped with pepperoni and olives.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love it when I don’t have to boil pasta separate from the sauce.  One could say it makes me lazy…..I like to call it efficient!  No time wasted waiting for water to boil, fewer dishes (alleluia!), and the sauce has time to soak into the pasta making it extra flavorful.

Pizza seems to be loved by all…I mean what’s not to love?!  This one skillet pasta dish has all the pizza flavors, so it’s sure to be your next family favorite!  

Ingredients needed to make a pizza pasta skillet on a white background.

Pizza Pasta Ingredients (Amounts in Recipe Card below)

  • Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil
  • Bell Peppers – Use whatever color you’ve got – red pepper, green peppers, yellow, etc!
  • Minced Garlic – Or use garlic powder when you add the pasta.
  • Pizza Sauce – I find that pizza sauce has more flavor than marinara sauce, but you could use either.
  • Water – Or low-sodium beef broth.
  • Uncooked Pasta – I typically use spaghetti, but you can use other pasta shapes as well; bow tie or penne work great, but you’ll have to cook them a bit longer to make sure the noodles are tender.
  • Parmesan Cheese – I use grated parmesan cheese for this.
  • Mushrooms – I use canned mushrooms.
  • Pepperoni – You can use regular pepperoni slices, turkey pepperoni or mini pepperonis in this recipe.  You could also skip the pepperoni and use cooked ground Italian sausage or ground beef.
  • Black Olives – Canned sliced black olives.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – I like to shred my own as it is more creamy that way, but buying shredded cheese is easy, too!
  • Basil, Parmesan Cheese and Red Pepper Flakes – All great options for topping the dish!!
A white plate topped with pizza spaghetti with a fork next to it.

Optional Add-Ins

Add any of your favorite pizza seasonings and toppings to make it your own!!

  • Italian seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder give this a little extra flavor.
  • Make it a “supreme” pizza pasta skillet by adding cooked sausage and lots of veggies.
  • Add 1/2 cup of onions when you sauté the peppers.
  • Make it extra meaty by adding diced ham, cooked and crumbled bacon, ground sausage and pepperoni.

How do you make Pizza Pasta?

This recipe is pretty darn easy!

Diced yellow and red peppers being sautéed in oil with minced garlic.

You’ll start by sautéing the peppers and garlic.

Uncooked spaghetti noodles added to a large black skillet.

Then you’ll add the pizza sauce and water and bring it to a boil.  Add the uncooked pasta and give it a good stir.

A wooden spoon stirring a skillet full of spaghetti.

One of the most important steps to making sure this recipe is a success for you is making sure you stir the noodles often. If you don’t, they may stick to the bottom of the pan (or to each other).  

FYI:  Depending on the pasta shape you use, it may take longer to cook. 

Pepperoni, black olives, parmesan cheese and mushrooms being added to a black skillet.

When the noodles are tender, add the parmesan cheese, mushrooms and most of the pepperoni and black olives.

Once it’s heated through you’ll top with cheese and additional pizza toppings.  Cover the pan and let the cheese melt then serve warm!

What to Serve with this Pasta

Pair it with a side salad, garlic bread and fresh fruit for a super easy weeknight meal!

A forkful of cheesy spaghetti being pulled off a plate.

How to Store Leftover Pasta

This dish makes great leftovers!!  Let the pasta cool then store in an airtight container in the fridge.  The next day you’re wanting to reheat the skillet pizza pasta, heat it on the stove or in the microwave.  If it seems a bit dry, add a splash of water or additional pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce.

A white plate with pizza pasta on top, topped with cheese, sliced basil, pepperoni and sliced black olives.

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Pizza Pasta Skillet

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
4 people
This Pizza Pasta Skillet is easy and takes only 30 minutes, making it perfect for any weeknight meal!  Just like a pizza, you can choose to add all the toppings or keep it simple with cheese and pepperoni.  This skillet dinner will have even the pickiest of eaters coming back for more!



Ingredients
 

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • One 15 ounce can pizza sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • One 4 ounce can mushrooms drained
  • Four ounces sliced pepperoni
  • One 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the vegetable oil and diced peppers.  Sauté for 2 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
    1 teaspoon vegetable oil, 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
  • Stir in the minced garlic and continue to sauté for about 30 seconds.
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Add the sauce and water, stir, and cover.
    One 15 ounce can pizza sauce, 3 1/2 cups water
  • Once the mixture has come to a boil, add the spaghetti noodles and stir.
    8 ounces uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • Keeping the skillet covered, cook the noodles until they are soft, stirring every couple minutes so the noodles do not stick together. This will take about 20 minutes (majority of the moisture will have been soaked up by the noodles).
  • Remove the lid and stir in the Parmesan cheese, mushrooms and most of the pepperoni and olives (save some for garnish). Cook on low for a minute or until the mix-ins are heated through.
    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, One 4 ounce can mushrooms, Four ounces sliced pepperoni, One 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives
  • Turn the burner on low and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top. Top with the remaining pepperoni and olives. Cover the skillet for 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve while warm!
    2 tablespoons fresh basil

Notes

  • If the pasta seems to dry up before it’s done, simply add another 1/2 cup of water or pasta sauce.
  • Try adding other pizza toppings – sausage, diced onions, etc!

Nutrition

Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.6g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10.3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 5.2g | Sugar: 6.6g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 35.8mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 3mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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