Pepperoni Pizza Mac n Cheese
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4.74 from 19 votes

Pepperoni Mac and Cheese Skillet

Two classic childhood favorites come together in this Pepperoni Mac and Cheese Skillet. Ready in just 30 minutes, it's guaranteed to have your kids begging for more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pepperoni pizza mac and cheese, skillet macaroni and cheese
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 545kcal
Author: Jessica Randhawa

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked to al dente (plus 1 cup reserved pasta water)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 oz pepperoni slices, (1 package)
  • salt + pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Once cooked to al dente, reserve one cup of pasta water and drain noodles. Rinse with cool water and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Push the onions to the far side of the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Add the butter to the skillet. As the butter melts slowing whisk in the flour, creating a roux. Do not burn.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk with the roux and reincorporate the onions. With the milk fully incorporated, whisk in the pizza sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, if needed. Stir in 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the cheddar cheese with the sauce and mix in the pre-cooked macaroni noodles and half of the pepperonis.
  • If you would like to thin the sauce a little, stir in the reserved pasta sauce with the sauce and noodles (this is optional).
  • Top the skillet with a single layer of pepperoni and sprinkle with remaining shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Preheat oven to broil and broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and the top is starting to brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 908mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 2mg
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