Meatball pepperoni pizza pasta combines your favorite pizza toppings, homemade tomato sauce, and whole grain pasta to make a delicious, healthier pasta dinner.
Usually I start these posts off with a little banter, but not today, my friends. Feel free to drool over the photo for a moment, and then dive into the kitchen to cook up some of this meatball pepperoni pizza pasta.
Take a look at what’s stuffed into this easy-to-make, kid friendly casserole:
So, there are a few healthy fixes in this meatball pepperoni pizza pasta recipe:
- Substitute ground turkey for ground beef in the meatballs.
- Use a little less cheese than normal, and make it low fat cheese if possible.
- Use an organic, whole grain pasta instead of traditional semolina pasta.
The inspiration for this recipe came from my dear friend, Nettie. Just yesterday morning, she posted her recipe for Pizza Pasta Bake. I have recipes come into my email that grab my attention enough that I make them within a week, but this was different. This was my first time seeing a recipe and wanting it in my belly as soon as possible. As in immediately.
I was so happy, realizing that all of the ingredients to make the pizza pasta were already in my kitchen!
Ground turkey in the fridge to make turkey burgers for dinner became ground turkey for the meatballs instead. An awesome decision on my part, if I do say so myself. YAY ME!
I think my very favorite part of this dish is Nettie’s vegetable tomato sauce. It’s not a traditional pasta sauce at all. It has freshly chopped veggies like carrots, celery, and onion, blended with some stewed tomatoes. It’s vegetarian, gluten free, and without a doubt, a tomato sauce recipe that I’ll make often.