Pepperoni Mac And Cheese

Learn how to make pepperoni mac & cheese. Click through for recipe!

When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind? Pasta? Cheese? Pizza?

If these are some of your favorite foods, then this pepperoni mac and cheese recipe is for you! It’s cheesy, hearty, crowd-pleasing, and easy to make.

Pepperoni mac & cheese: Pizza-inspired pasta recipe.

About The Recipe

If you’ve never made homemade macaroni and cheese before, it’s time to give it a try. The process is simple:

  • Cook the pasta
  • Make the cheese sauce
  • Mix it all up, add a crunchy topping
  • Bake until topping is golden brown and sauce is bubbling

If you have leftovers, you can heat them up in the microwave. Add a splash of half-and-half or heavy cream to the pasta if it’s dry.

Customizing Your Mac and Cheese

You can customize mac and cheese any way you’d like. Here are some ideas:

  • Vegetables: Add extra vegetables to this recipe, like mushrooms, green peppers, spinach, fresh garlic, onions or olives. Any topping you put on your pepperoni pizza is fair game in this recipe.
  • Cheese: Use a different kind of cheese or mix different types of cheese: Cheddar, gouda, fontina, pepper jack, mozzarella, etc.
  • Pasta: Virtually any type of pasta will work. Remember to cook to al dente, as the pasta will continue to cook while baking. Use whatever pasta you have on hand to save money.
  • Meat: In addition to pepperoni, add extra meat such as sausage or bacon.
  • Topping: Instead of bread crumbs, use crushed Ritz crackers or crushed Cheez-It crackers.

How to make pepperoni mac & cheese. Comfort food at its finest!

I used Sugardale Pepperoni for this mac and cheese. Sugardale Foods is a family-owned company and has been in business for nearly a century (since 1920). The pepperoni has a nice bite to it – just the way I like it.

It adds just the right amount of zip to this recipe. Feel free to add EVEN MORE pepperoni to the recipe. Because, why not? This is comfort food, after all.

Pepperoni mac & cheese. Cheese, pasta, pepperoni - this dish is comfort food at its finest!

Are you looking for another macaroni and cheese recipe? Try this one: Lightened-up stovetop mac & cheese.

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Pepperoni Mac And Cheese

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Like your mac & cheese extra creamy? Instead of using a whole one-pound box of pasta, use 3/4 of it. This will make the dish extra saucy!

Ingredients:

  • 1-pound box cavatappi pasta
  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups shredded pepper jack or mozzarella cheese (or a mix of both)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 ounces Sugardale Pepperoni (1/2 of 8-ounce package) sliced (reserve some whole slices for topping dish)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil pasta to al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain pasta and set aside.
  3. In a large heavy-bottom pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour and mix well. Add milk and heavy cream. Continue to heat until mixture reaches a simmer. Add cheese and mix well.
  4. Pour sauce over pasta. Add red pepper and pepperoni. Place in a large ovenproof baking dish. Top with extra pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Mix 3 tablespoons melted butter with panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle on top of dish.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until breadcrumbs are golden brown and sauce is bubbling.

32 Responses to “Pepperoni Mac And Cheese”

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    Natalie — November 3, 2017 @ 11:28 am

    My favorite mac and cheese recipe is my mom’s mac and cheese with broccoli!

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    Natalie — November 3, 2017 @ 11:30 am

    tweet – https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/926411047950483456

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    Tabathia — November 3, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

    I like this southern baked mac and cheese recipe
    Enjoy

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Tabathia — November 3, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/926458784519729152

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Rachel — November 3, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

    My favorite macaroni and cheese recipe is a 5 cheese baked mac. It’s so good!

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    Rachel — November 3, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

    https://twitter.com/RachelGriesmer/status/926502926532644866

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    Lisa Brown — November 4, 2017 @ 12:44 pm

    I like traditional mac and cheese and then I add chili powder to it to give it a spicier flavor.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    Lisa Brown — November 4, 2017 @ 12:45 pm

    my tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/926792448444997637
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    Julie — November 4, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    I love my Four Cheese Mac and Cheese Recipe that I make in the Slow Cooker. It is so good and gooey!

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    Julie — November 4, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/926794739327762433

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    mami2jcn — November 4, 2017 @ 1:19 pm

    I have dairy intolerance so I can’t eat cheese but I love macaroni with tuna.

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    heather — November 4, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

    My favorite mac and cheese is my moms recipe it is one that has been handed down over the years.

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    heather — November 4, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

    my tweet – https://twitter.com/myway070/status/926890255109701632

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    Kerry — November 4, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/25231/bleu-cheese-macaroni/?internalSource=recipe%20hub&referringContentType=search%20results&clickId=cardslot%2030

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    Elena — November 4, 2017 @ 10:14 pm

    My favorite is lobster mac and cheese

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    Elena — November 4, 2017 @ 10:15 pm

    https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/926935920695062529

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    Kerry — November 4, 2017 @ 10:16 pm

    tweeted https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/926936003436302341

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    Cheryl B — November 5, 2017 @ 2:37 am

    I love baked macaroni and cheese with ham.

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    Cheryl B — November 5, 2017 @ 2:38 am

    Tweeted https://mobile.twitter.com/arress83/status/927001967817355265

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    Amy Tong — November 5, 2017 @ 7:00 am

    My favorite Mac and Cheese recipe is a Mushroom Truffle Mac and Cheese.

    amy [at] uTry [dot] it

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    Amy Tong — November 5, 2017 @ 7:01 am

    tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/927068240559222784

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    kathy — November 5, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

    I love the classic mac and cheese

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    kathy — November 5, 2017 @ 2:14 pm

    https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/927176385419993089

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    Melissa — November 6, 2017 @ 2:43 am

    I love mac and cheese with bacon and jalapeños!

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    Melissa — November 6, 2017 @ 2:45 am

    https://twitter.com/cheesylife1/status/927366172097564672

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    Denise Bryant — November 6, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

    I’ll have to give this a try! Looks delicious.
    https://twitter.com/MyThriftyHouse/status/927553396126748672

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    Geoff — November 6, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

    My favorite is white cheddar mac and cheese topped with buttered breadcrumbs and baked.

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    Geoff — November 6, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

    https://twitter.com/follower1888/status/927554638374727680

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    Jessie C. — November 7, 2017 @ 2:54 am

    I like Buffalo chicken Mac and Cheese.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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    Jessie C. — November 7, 2017 @ 2:56 am

    tweet – https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/927730570368450560

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    Elle — November 7, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

    I am not a big cheese fan but I make mac & cheese with sharp cheddar and bits of bacon for my family.

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    Elle — November 7, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/928010534011789312

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