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Pizza Macaroni and Cheese
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
• 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
• 3/4 cup marinara pasta sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 teaspoons olive oil
• 1 medium sweet onion, diced small
• 1 (5 ounce) package mini pepperoni*
• 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 2 cups macaroni
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
In a medium bowl, whisk together the broth, marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Saute the onions until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add pepperoni to the pan and mix until wilted, about 1 minute. Add the red pepper flakes and combine.
Give your broth mixture a quick stir and pour it into the pan. Bring to a boil and add the macaroni.
Reduce the heat to medium, and cover. Continue cooking for 10-12 minutes, until the pasta is tender, stirring a few times to make sure the pasta isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pan.
When the macaroni is done, sprinkle the grated cheeses on top. Stir until melted and serve immediately.
*Note: If you cannot find the mini pepperoni, use regular and cut into quarters.
(adapted from my Cheeseburger Macaroni)
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