Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Pepperoni Penne Casserole

July 10, 2017Teresa

Gluten Free Living – 2017

This Pepperoni Penne Casserole is absolutely fantastic. Of course, I love any kind of pasta anyway, but this one is really terrific. It includes a gluten free penne pasta in a marinara sauce with spinach, mushrooms and bell peppers. It’s seasoned with red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and fennel seed. Then it’s covered with three cheeses: ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella. After that’s it’s topped with loads of miniature pepperoni for incredibly good flavor.

Last month we had our Friday night care group over to our house and I made this delicious recipe. For those trying to cut back a little on calories, you can use ground turkey instead of beef and turkey pepperoni instead of regular pepperoni. If you’re not concerned with making the dish gluten free, than any kind of pasta can be substituted as well. Our group absolutely loved this entree. If you’re a pasta lover, I think you’ll agree.

This was one of those entrees that everyone went back for seconds! I loved the taste of it, especially since I amped up the flavors with the red pepper flakes. If you’re looking for a scrumptious Italian casserole that you’re family will love, then give Pepperoni Penne Casserole a try the next time you want to prepare a delicious meal.

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Pepperoni Penne Casserole is a fantastic pasta entree.

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For those of you who love pasta but have issues with gluten, this recipe uses a gluten free penne pasta.

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Every bite of Pepperoni Penne Casserole is so mouthwatering.

Here’s what I did.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

I used these ingredients.

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Brown beef in a Dutch oven. Add onions, garlic, bell peppers and mushrooms and saute a few minutes until veggies are tender. Add spinach and cook an additional minute or two. Drain any grease.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Add 4 cups spaghetti sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese and seasonings and stir to combine. Add cooked, drained gluten free penne pasta and stir to combine.

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Pour mixture into a greased 9×13″ glass baking dish.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Pour remaining 2 cups spaghetti sauce over top.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Top with parmesan cheese, remaining mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. (I used about 5 ounces which was a little overkill!)

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes until recipe is hot and bubbly.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Pepperoni Penne Casserole is a wonderful pasta dish the whole family will enjoy.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

This gooey Italian main dish has terrific flavor and texture.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Time for a bite!

Here’s the recipe.

PEPPERONI PENNE CASSEROLE

(My own concoction)

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This fabulous pasta dish includes beef, pepperoni, three cheeses, spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers and gluten free penne pasta. Perfect for company dinners.
Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, brown beef in a large Dutch oven.
  3. If necessary, add a tablespoon or two of olive oil.
  4. Brown beef, then add mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and garlic and sauté a few minutes until veggies become tender.
  5. Stir in spinach and cook an additional minute or two.
  6. Drain any grease.
  7. Add 4 cups spaghetti sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, fennel seed and pepper.
  8. Stir to combine.
  9. Add cooked and drained gluten free pasta and stir again.
  10. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13” glass baking dish.
  11. Pour remaining 2 cups of spaghetti sauce over top of beef/pasta mixture.
  12. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, then remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
  13. Top with miniature pepperoni slices.
  14. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  15. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, until cheese melts.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: While I used about 5-ounces of pepperoni, that was probably a little bit overkill! If you use this much pepperoni you may have to pat dry the top of the casserole to remove excess grease.

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Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

I added a LOT of pepperoni, but you don’t have to use as much as I did.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Pepperoni Penne Casserole makes a lot. You can get about 10 servings out of this casserole.

Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef

Pepperoni really kicks up the taste of this delicious casserole.

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Cavatini | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this kid-friendly #pasta #casserole includes spaghetti sauce #pepperoni, #mozzarella cheese & #glutenfree rotini noodles. So easy & delicious.

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Print Recipe
Pepperoni Penne Casserole BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This fabulous pasta dish includes beef, pepperoni, three cheeses, spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers and gluten free penne pasta. Perfect for company dinners.
Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Pepperoni Penne Casserole | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this terrific #pasta dish includes 3 cheeses, #spinach, #pepperoni & #glutenfree #pasta. Amazing flavors. #beef
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, brown beef in a large Dutch oven.
  3. If necessary, add a tablespoon or two of olive oil.
  4. Brown beef, then add mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and garlic and sauté a few minutes until veggies become tender.
  5. Stir in spinach and cook an additional minute or two.
  6. Drain any grease.
  7. Add 4 cups spaghetti sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, fennel seed and pepper.
  8. Stir to combine.
  9. Add cooked and drained gluten free pasta and stir again.
  10. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13” glass baking dish.
  11. Pour remaining 2 cups of spaghetti sauce over top of beef/pasta mixture.
  12. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, then remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
  13. Top with miniature pepperoni slices.
  14. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  15. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, until cheese melts.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: While I used about 5-ounces of pepperoni, that was probably a little bit overkill! If you use this much pepperoni you may have to pat dry the top of the casserole to remove excess grease.

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2 Comments

  • Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess

    July 10, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I love those cute little pepperonis! Pasta is my weakness, besides chocolate of course! 🙂
    Happy Monday!

    1. Teresa

      July 11, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Hi, Kim. Yes, me too. I love pepperoni and this pasta is a real indulgence. 🙂

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