Only Easy: Pizza Pasta from the Pantry

By Misty I.

September 2, 2020

I made it! I did a no-spend challenge at the end of August and I was successful. I made this one Sunday afternoon for lunch and my sons continued to eat it between classes the following week.

Pantry Pizza Pasta


  • 1 lb. ziti pasta (cooked 3 minutes less than what box says)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (about 24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ – ¾ C. reserved pasta water (really important or your pasta will be dry after you bake it)
  • 1 small pkg. shelf-stable pepperoni
  • 2-3 C. shredded cheese, preferably mozzarella but I only had cheddar.
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to broil.
  • Brown the ground beef with the onion and bell pepper. Add in the spaghetti sauce and Italian seasoning.
  • Boil the pasta in heavily salted water. Boil for only about 5-6 minutes so it’s undercooked.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and mix. Add pasta water to loosen to your desire.
  • Pour mixture into a 9×13 pan, top with pepperoni slices and cheese.
  • Bake pizza pasta on broil setting to get the cheese bubbly for 2 to 3 minutes. Watch the pasta so it doesn’t burn!

That’s it, only easy!


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