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Pepperoni Penne Casserole

June 24, 2021Teresa

Gluten Free Living – 2021

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.

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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.

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Pepperoni Pizza Casserole is LOADED with pepperoni. We just loved it!

Here’s what I did.

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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.

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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.

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Pour remaining 2 cups spaghetti sauce over top.

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

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

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

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This gooey Italian main dish has terrific flavor and texture.

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Time for a bite!

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This casserole is terrific for company. Make it gluten free or not, according to your needs.

Here’s the recipe.

PEPPERONI PENNE CASSEROLE

(My own concoction)

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Pepperoni Penne Casserole will knock your socks off! This fabulous pasta dish includes beef, pepperoni, three cheeses, spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers and gluten free penne pasta. Perfect for family or company dinners. Because it makes a lot, it's terrific for leftovers and lunches. If you enjoy Italian entrees, this one should be in your monthly repertoire. Make it gluten free, or not, depending on your preference.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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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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Nutrition Facts
Pepperoni Penne Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 648mg 27%
Potassium 108mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 16%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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.

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Pepperoni really kicks up the taste of this delicious casserole.

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Leftover Pepperoni Penne Casserole is great for lunches or to serve again. 🙂

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