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Last week, I mentioned that I had the opportunity to take part in Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s 30 Days, 30 Ways with Macaroni and Cheese. You all know that I’ve been on a bit of a macaroni and cheese kick lately, so when I heard about this, I knew I wanted to take part!! I love mac and cheese – any way. I wanted to get a little creative, and I was so happy with the recipe that I came up with!!

When I first decided to do a mac and cheese with a pepperoni pizza twist, Abbi was on a pizza kick.  All she wanted was pizza.  We rarely order pizza, but she loves the flavors so much that she’ll be happy with a piece of bread with some pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese, all toasted in the toaster oven.  She would honestly want that every single day.  That, or mac and cheese.  Since all I had on the brain was pizza and mac and cheese, it was only natural to me to combine the two!

Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese | www.tasteandtellblog.com

This turned out so delicious, that I couldn’t even stop eating it!  And another beautiful part about it is that it can be done in under half an hour.  Kid friendly and quick – that’s my idea of a perfect meal!  I found these little mini pepperonis that went perfect in this meal, since Abbi also loves anything small (kid sized!), and they were a real hit.  In fact after they were gone, she was quite sad, because all she wanted were the mini pepperoni. If you can’t find the mini pepperoni, feel free to use regular pepperoni and just chop it into smaller pieces.  This meal was a real hit – for kids and adults alike!

There are tons more mac and cheese ideas on the 30 Days, 30 Ways with Mac and Cheese blog.  They are just over half way through, so make sure you head over and check out all of the recipes – you don’t want to miss out on some of these!!

Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese
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It doesn't get more kid-friendly than 2 childhood favorites combined into one - mac and cheese with a pepperoni pizza twist!
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2½ cups (10 ounces) shredded Wisconsin Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 5 ounces mini pepperoni, or chopped pepperoni
  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt and add the pasta. Cook until al dente; drain and set aside.
  3. In a pan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about another minute. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 more minute. Slowly whisk in the milk, whisking out any clumps. Cook until thickened. Stir in the Italian seasoning.
  4. Working in 3 batches, whisk in the Mozzarella, making sure all of the cheese is melted in between additions. Add in the tomato sauce and pepperoni and heat until warmed through. Stir in the reserved pasta.
  5. Transfer the mixture to an oven safe baking dish, or individual baking dishes, and top with additional cheese. Put under the broiler and cook until the cheese is melted.

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14 Responses to Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese

  1. Kim says:

    Those little mini pepperoni are so cute! I love that you combined these two great comfort foods. Kids can be great inspiration in the kitchen.

  2. Oh yum! Definitely family friendly!

  3. Those mini pepperonis are so cute! Great idea. I bet my girls would love this.

  4. Bev Weidner says:


    Sorry about all the yelling. I can’t help it.

  5. Pizza + mac and cheese = comfort food heaven. Goodness, Deborah, this is perfect!

  6. You really started something with your red velvet week last week…talk about tons of R.V. posts today.

    And now, this mac n cheese. Oh yeah baby!

  7. jennifurla says:

    what a lovely dinner, beats my pb & j

  8. Joanne says:

    Abby and I must be on the same wavelength because I have been CRAVING pizza lately. Serious mind-numbing cravings. This sounds so cheesy delicious…I know I need a bowl.

  9. YUM!! You’ve meshed two great meals into one delicious master piece. This would go over very very very well at my house – – do I hear dinner tomorrow night? – I think so 🙂

  10. ALli says:

    This is just what my picky son would want to eat for dinner. This looks so cheesy, delicious and family friendly. Yummy pepperoni perfection.

  11. I wish I had some of this right now! What a great idea

  12. Katie says:

    I just made a version of this last night! How funny! I added roasted broccoli and tomatoes to mine to up the health factor. I like those mini pepperonis, though. They’re so cute! 🙂

  13. Chels R. says:

    That looks really good and I bet my kids would LOVE this too!

  14. Laura says:

    This looks like the ultimate comfort food to me! I love the mac and cheese site, however, my waist line might disagree…

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