Pepperoni Pizza Penne Pasta
Can you imagine pepperoni pizza, but as pasta? Kid-friendly, and parents can add some extra spice to their bowls with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Sometimes it’s a good idea to introduce flexibility and creativity to mealtimes by preparing familiar flavors but in a different format—such as this Pepperoni Pizza Penne!
What kid doesn’t love pepperoni pizza, right? And this has all the normal flavors of a classic, simple, kid-friendly pepperoni pizza, but with pasta instead. Believe it or not, getting kids used to seeing foods in unexpected meals is a big step toward getting them to be adventurous eaters. This recipe takes a baby step in that direction with the benefit of being superfast to make.
Serve this pasta (all parts included) with a side salad and a big sprinkle of the Crispy Breadcrumb Topper, and your kids very happy with it. If you have any leftovers, you can bake them the following night into a small pasta casserole!
- 12 ounces penne pasta
- 1 cup marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 4 ounces mini pepperoni
- 8 ounces mini mozzarella balls
- Basil chopped, garnish
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Pinch of salt and pepper