Pizza Macaroni and Cheese

Pizza Macaroni and Cheese on www.veryculinary.com

by Amy Flanigan on February 24, 2014 · 22 comments

Last week, I asked my Facebook readers, “What ingredient do you love so much, that if you see it used in a recipe, you’ll want to make it?” It was a really fun thread.

Not surprising, so many people said cheese. Nothing specific. Just cheese, in general. Because…cheese. HA. And many others said pasta. So, I’d say this recipe for Pizza Macaroni and Cheese is great timing! 

Pizza Macaroni and Cheese on www.veryculinary.com

I’m excited to be a part of Mac and Cheese Mania today! Sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO. And honestly, who wouldn’t be? (Except my daughter, who at 8 years old, still isn’t a fan. I don’t even know her.)

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Pizza Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
• 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

Directions
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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Rachel Cooks February 28, 2014 at 7:12 am

Your daughter doesn’t like and cheese?!? Not even this amazing recipe?!? Please tell me she likes popcorn. ;)

Thanks for helping us kick off mac and cheese mania! xo

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} February 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

pretty darn genius! My girls will LOVE this!

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Kim Beaulieu February 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Amy, you nailed it. This is so cool. I bet my kids would go crazy for this one.

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JulieD February 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

Oh my gosh, what a great idea!! Love this!

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Mom February 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm

With all that flavor, this has to be good. Can’t wait to try.

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Stephanie February 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm

HOW is she your daughter? Mac and cheese is like a part of life. Seriously? Knife –> Heart.
On a lighter note, yum! How fun is this recipe?

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife February 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh <– exactly what my brain screamed when I opened this recipe page! My husband loves ALL THINGS PIZZA and I LOVE MAC AND CHEESE, it's like a perfect match made in heaven!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl February 25, 2014 at 7:43 am

This is a seriously good flavor combo for Mac!

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Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out February 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

It is the mini pepperoni that take this from awesome to downright AMAZING.

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Happy Valley Chow February 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Dannggg that looks awesome! I just made pizza casserole last night and was really pleased how it turned out. Definitely need to try this :)

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Joanne February 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm

A world/life without pasta and/or cheese would be very sad indeed! I can pretty much always be convinced to make a recipe based on it’s cheesiness. The more cheese the better obviously! Want to stick my face in this bowl.

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Cassie February 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Oh my goodness, as if mac & cheese isn’t comfort food enough, you add pizza? Brilliant!

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife February 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

You have taken two epic foods and turned them into one! This is a bowl of pure pizza and pasta glory.

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Phi @ Sweetphi February 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

This looks amazing!! I love pizza and macaroni and cheese, so this looks like one amazing combination!

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Anna @ Garnish with Lemon February 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Seriously, these mac & cheese posts are KILLING me. So much cheesy goodness! Those teeny pepperonis are adorable.

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

You just combined 2 favorites, need this for dinner soon!

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

I love the Italian twist on this!!! My husband would adore this version!

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Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily February 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

My kids want to move in with you! I will have to make this for my almost 9 year olds birthday, both of his fav foods in one!!

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Sarah February 24, 2014 at 9:35 am

Oh wow! I can’t… I don’t even… I feel strongly that I need this Mac in my life. Yum!

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steph@stephsbitebybite February 24, 2014 at 6:48 am

Look at those little pepperonis! LOVE this

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Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche February 24, 2014 at 4:38 am

This is such a good idea!!! I bet you could change it up with your favourite pizza toppings too – I’m thinking some sliced black olives? :)

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking February 24, 2014 at 3:35 am

I feel the same. Cheese. Pasta. Who cares about the specifics. I want it! :D

And this sounds so so good! Way more fun than the regular stuff. :)

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