Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Pizza Macaroni & Cheese

For those times when you can’t decide what to make for dinner, I suggest you whip up this Unbelievably Cheesy Pizza Mac & Cheese. It’s a cross between two of your favorite things, pizza, and mac and cheese. Your family will thank you!

Overhead picture of Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni and Cheese in a cast iron skillet.

I’m proud and pleased to tell you that almost all of the recipes you’ll find here at Kudos Kitchen by Renee are my very own. It’s pretty rare that I share another recipe source, but when I do, I make sure to tell you.

This recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese is not mine. It’s one I found in the June 2017 issue of Cuisine At Home Magazine, and when I saw it I knew I had to make it right away. I hope you enjoy it. It’s one of the best family-friendly recipes you’ll find because it pleases just about everyone!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making macaroni pizza is available near the end of this post. 

The ingredient list for making macaroni and cheese pizza;

  • Penne Pasta 
  • Pepperoni
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Basil
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • Marinara Sauce (homemade or store-bought)
Pepperoni Pizza Long Title Collage Image

Why this recipe for pizza mac and cheese works:

The thing I like most about this recipe (other than all the CHEESE), is how easy it is to make on a busy weeknight.

By cooking the pasta while the vegetables are sauteing, and the cheese sauce thickens, Pizza Mac & Cheese can be on the dinner table in less time than it takes to order from your favorite take-out place.

Since my husband and I both love green peppers and onions on our pizza, I’ve added them to this recipe. However, you can tweak the ingredients to fit your pizza preference if green peppers and onions aren’t your things.

Alternate add-in suggestions for macaroni pizza;

  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Cooked Sausage
  • Ham
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Anchovies
  • Meatballs (precooked)
  • Ham
  • Pineapple
  • You name it!

Can macaroni pizza be frozen?

Yes! Once cooked and cooled, store the macaroni pizza in an airtight freezer container for up to 3 months.

To recook from frozen, place in an oven-safe casserole dish, covered, and cook at 350-degrees until heated through (approximately 1 hour). Uncover and continue cooking for an additional 15-20 minutes, if needed.

Closeup picture of Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni and Cheese with a spoon.

See below for the easy step-by-step photos and instructions.

How to make Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni and Cheese;

  • In a large skillet sauté green pepper and onion over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the sliced pepperoni and cook for 2-3 additional minutes.
  • Stir in all-purpose flour and combine.
How to make Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni and Cheese
  • Stir the milk into the veggie and flour mixture and heat through, stirring frequently.
  • Add the dried herbs.
Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese tutorial
  • Once the sauce has thickened, stir in half of the shredded cheeses and the cooked pasta.
  • Stir well to combine.
How to make Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese
  • Spoon marinara sauce liberally over the pasta.
  • Top the pasta with more cheese and pepperoni slices.
  • Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly!
Learn to make Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese
  • Remove the Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese from the oven.
  • Cool slightly before serving.
  • Enjoy!!
Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni and Cheese with a pizza box and spoon.
In less time then it takes to order carry-out, you can be enjoying this pizza mac and cheese for dinner!

Creamy, cozy, comforting, and delicious. What more can you ask for when you’re cooking for your family?!!

Serve this pepperoni pizza pasta along with a colorful side salad, and you’ll gain some valuable cooking points that will carry over for the next few weeks at least, and who can’t benefit from a few extra cooking-points no matter who you’re cooking for?!!

Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni and Cheese long collage title image.

I’m excited to link up this post to Meal Plan Monday hosted by Southern PlateSouthern Bite, A Southern Soul, Big Bear’s Wifeand Julia’s Simply Southern

For other delicious and easy recipes to serve alongside this pepperoni pizza macaroni and cheese, please click on the following titles for;

Don’t forget to print this recipe for Mac and Cheese Pizza found below!

5 from 6 votes
Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Macaroni and Cheese Pizza
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

For those times when you can’t decide what to eat, I suggest you whip up this Unbelievably Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Macaroni & Cheese. It’s a cross between two of your favorite things. 

Course: Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian macaroni and cheese, macaroni and cheese pizza, macaroni pizza, pepperoni pizza macaroni and cheese, pizza mac and cheese, pizza macaroni and cheese
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 395 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 1 box of penne pasta cooked according to package directions, drained, and kept warm.
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 package (6 ounces) pepperoni slices reserve 12 for the topping
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • cups milk warmed slightly
  • teaspoons dried basil
  • teaspoons dried oregano
  • 9 ounces provolone cheese about 3 cups, shredded and divided
  • 6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese about 2 cups, shredded and divided
  • cups marinara sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet over medium/high heat, sweat the green pepper and onion in the olive oil, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped pepperoni and continue to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat to medium and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute
  5. Slowly stir in the milk along with the basil and oregano.
  6. Continue to stir until the liquid begins to bubble and thicken.
  7. Stir in 1½ cups of provolone and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir to combine.
  8. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the cheese sauce and stir well to combine.
  9. Turn the heat off under the skillet and top the pasta evenly with the marinara sauce.
  10. Top the pasta and sauce evenly with the remaining cheese and top with the rounds of pepperoni.
  11. Carefully place the skillet in a preheated oven and cook until the cheese is browned and bubbly, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  12. Allow the pasta to cool slightly before serving.
  13. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

Large pasta pot, large skillet, wooden spoon or spatula, cheese grater

Nutrition Facts
Macaroni and Cheese Pizza
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 704mg31%
Potassium 447mg13%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 1270IU25%
Vitamin C 23.4mg28%
Calcium 542mg54%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for pizza mac and cheese as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you. 

Close up vertical image of pepperoni pizza macaroni and cheese being spooned out of the skillet.

I’m coordinating this recipe with my fun and whimsical hand-painted ITALIAN FOOD INSPIRED WINE GLASS. This was a customer special order a while back and since I was super happy with how it turned out I decided to share it with this Italian inspired recipe. 

Italian Inspired Hand Painted Wine Glass

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19 Comments

  1. This would be a crowd pleaser, for sure! I have a feeling my boys would want to add in some black olives.

  2. This looks so so delicious!

  3. My family would really LOVE this dish! Its fantastic!!

  4. Everything I love in one skillet!!!!

  5. OHMYGOSH best mac & cheese ever!!

  6. I thought this was pizza! This is such a creative recipe.

  7. That is one epic meal!

  8. You are so talented! Love this recipe. We will definitely give it a try. Also, LOVE that wine glass!

  9. 5 stars
    OMG I love absolutely everything about this. The pepperoni on top is such a great idea!

  10. Samantha Dawn

    5 stars
    This recipe is such a great twist on 2 classic recipes! My kids love it!

  11. 5 stars
    I love how the family can have both pizza and pasta with this dish!

  12. 5 stars
    This was delicious! My kids thought it was so fun, too!

  13. Erica Acevedo

    5 stars
    I LOVE mac & cheese in any iteration, and this is by FAR one of my favorite ways to eat it! Thanks so much for this crowd pleaser recipe, Renee!

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