Easy, Cheesy 5-Ingredient Pizza Pasta Bake

Prep Time 5 min.
Cook Time 30-40 min.
Total Time 5 minutes
Yields About 10 cups

Ingredients

  • 12-14 ounces whole grain rotini pasta, uncooked (see note)
  • 23.9-ounce jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 4-5 ounces turkey pepperoni (quartered)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • Additional parmesan cheese and fresh basil for garnish, if desired

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In an ungreased 9x13 baking pan, combine uncooked rotini, pasta sauce, water, 1½ cups mozzarella, and pepperoni, stirring thoroughly to combine.
  3. Top with remaining ½ cup mozzarella and parmesan.
  4. Cover tightly with foil.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until pasta is tender.
  6. Garnish with additional parmesan and fresh basil, if desired.

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Recipe Notes

Whole grain rotini: Different brands of whole wheat pasta seem to be sold in widely varying amounts. We’ve tested this recipe with a range of pasta amounts, and recommend that you simply use the amount your favorite brand offers (anywhere between 12 and 14 ounces). Obviously, with 12 ounces of pasta, you’ll have proportionately a bit more sauce, and at 14 ounces of pasta, your final dish will be a bit more focused on the noodles.

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