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

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 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


  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


  • 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