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Pepperoni and Olive Penne Pasta

This hot pepperoni and olive penne pasta has few ingredients but many ways to build on to increase flavor. Add regular pizza toppings such as sausage, bacon, spinach or mushrooms to make it your own or stick with nice and easy.

A full and hearty meal, this hot pepperoni and olive penne pasta is easy to make and easy to build on to add more flavor!

Today we’ll be making an easy, hot pepperoni and olive pasta meal. There’s plenty of ways to add to it using regular pizza toppings such as sausage, bacon, mushrooms, spinach and fresh basil.  I usually add in mushrooms and spinach but stick with what suits you. The pasta can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be!

If you’re a fan of supreme or pepperoni pizza, you will love this pasta. I’ve done a casserole version of this before with pizza pasta casserole, but here’s a much easier version that doesn’t require an oven. So today I’ve included a base recipe for which to build on with many, many suggested ways to add things in.

Let’s get started.

A full and hearty meal, this hot pepperoni and olive penne pasta is easy to make and easy to build on to add more flavor!

PEPPERONI AND OLIVE PENNE PASTA TIPS AND TRICKS

I’ve used both black olives and kalamata olives in the past so feel free to experiment and see which one you prefer. The black olives will feel more at home with those used to supreme pizza but the kalamatas have a bit more bite and feels more authentic.

Feel free to substitute the petite diced tomatoes with fire-roasted or regular chopped tomatoes. The recipe is forgiving as long as you have some kind of tomatoes to add some bulk to the sauce. And if you want to add even more depth of flavor to the pasta sauce, I suggest using the seasonings from this red pepper marinara sauce.

A full and hearty meal, this hot pepperoni and olive penne pasta is easy to make and easy to build on to add more flavor!

Use whatever you have in your pantry with that recipe as a guide on how to build on the sauce. For example, I used beef bouillon cubes to add more beefy flavor, sugar to balance out the tartness from the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce to add more depth and onion powder/garlic powder/red pepper flakes for some kick the last few times I made this.

And that’s it! Enjoy and happy cooking!

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Pepperoni and olive penne pasta on a white plate.

Pepperoni and Olive Penne Pasta


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Description

A full and hearty meal, this hot pepperoni and olive penne pasta is easy to make and easy to build on to add more flavor!


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. penne pasta, cooked until al dente
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 6 oz. pepperoni, diced
  • 1 jar (9.5 oz.) kalamata/black olives, sliced
  • 1 can (30 oz.) petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) pasta sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside
  2. Over medium high heat, saute the onions until fragrant, about 5 minutes
  3. Add in diced garlic and saute for another minute
  4. Toss in pepperoni and olives and stir for 5 minutes
  5. Add diced tomatoes, pasta sauce and seasoning and stir to mix. Do a taste test and increase salt/pepper to taste as needed
  6. Simmer half covered on low heat for 10-15 minutes
  7. Dish and serve hot with Parmesan cheese

Notes

  • Build on the pasta with added ingredients like sliced sausage, chopped bacon, mushrooms, spinach or basil
  • Add more depth of flavor to the pasta sauce by using the seasonings in this recipe as a guide
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
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10 Comments

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    lilley
    August 12, 2021 at 9:19 AM

    This recipe was so good will be making this a lot

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 13, 2021 at 1:03 PM

      Glad it was a hit. Thank you for letting me know!

  • Reply
    Emila
    December 14, 2020 at 10:20 PM

    I love this pasta recipe. SO easy to make and understand. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Rewari
    September 9, 2020 at 12:37 AM

    WOW! A Big hit!! THis dish is easy to make and very tasty!

  • Reply
    Emily Watts
    August 21, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Hi Farah, Pasta is one of my favorite food. I always try new recipe. And I tried this one. It was damn good. I just loved it.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 27, 2020 at 10:35 AM

      Thanks for trying it out, Emily! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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    radwa
    August 3, 2020 at 8:15 PM

    Wow! this pasta looks delicious.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 27, 2020 at 10:35 AM

      Thanks, Radwa. It’s been a staple these past few months in our household. The ingredients last a long time in the pantry and are easy to get during this trying time.

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