Pepperoni Penne Casserole
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.
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.
Pepperoni Penne Casserole is a fantastic pasta entree.
For those of you who love pasta but have issues with gluten, this recipe uses a gluten free penne pasta.
Every bite of Pepperoni Penne Casserole is so mouthwatering.
Pepperoni Pizza Casserole is LOADED with pepperoni. We just loved it!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
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.
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.
Pour mixture into a greased 9×13″ glass baking dish.
Pour remaining 2 cups spaghetti sauce over top.
Top with parmesan cheese, remaining mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. (I used about 5 ounces which was a little overkill!)
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes until recipe is hot and bubbly.
Pepperoni Penne Casserole is a wonderful pasta dish the whole family will enjoy.
This gooey Italian main dish has terrific flavor and texture.
Time for a bite!
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)
I added a LOT of pepperoni, but you don’t have to use as much as I did.
Pepperoni Penne Casserole makes a lot. You can get about 10 servings out of this casserole.
Pepperoni really kicks up the taste of this delicious casserole.
Leftover Pepperoni Penne Casserole is great for lunches or to serve again. 🙂
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Recipe originally published July 10, 2017.