Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper

Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper is a quick and easy cheesy pasta that tastes like your favorite pizza and it’s ready to eat in just 30 minutes.

Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper is a quick and easy cheesy pasta that tastes like your favorite pizza and it's ready to eat in just 30 minutes.

Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper is a quick weeknight dish your whole family will love that has all the flavors of your favorite pepperoni pizza without the takeout! If you like Pizza and ground beef together, you can also try my Pizza Sloppy Joes!

We make our own Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce that I keep in the deep freeze for a quick meal during the week. Since my kids are huge fans of pasta we love coming up with fun ways to enjoy pasta as a family (and I love to add in extra vegetables without them knowing). Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper is a quick weeknight dish your whole family will love that has all the flavors of your favorite pepperoni pizza without the takeout!

I call this a Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper but it does contain bell peppers and onions. Some great additional ingredients you can add to this pasta?

  • Make it a combo pizza: add in chopped mushrooms and sliced olives.
  • Make it a triple meat pizza: Add in either crumbled or sliced sausage or bacon for a three meat pizza.

Looking for more great cheesy pasta dishes? Look no further:

We love this Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper, it's the perfect weeknight meal!

Tools Used in the making of these Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Chef’s Knife: This knife is one of the three most used tools in my kitchen (tongs and my pig tail flipper are the other two). I love it, I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it is as sharp today as the day I got it. (left column, second from the top). Mind you I love it this much even though I have a ridiculously expense knife set as well.
Large Shells Pasta: I am linking to this because when I sent my husband to the store to get large shells he brought home the variety you stuff! So for reference here is the size you need!
Marinara Sauce: If you aren’t making it from scratch this is my favorite prepared variety.

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Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper

Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper is a quick and easy cheesy pasta that tastes like your favorite pizza and it’s ready to eat in just 30 minutes.
Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American-Italian
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound large shells pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper diced
  • 6 ounces pepperoni quartered
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Cook the large shell pasta according to the directions on the bag and drain (do not rinse).
  • Add the ground beef to a large cast iron skillet (this browns very well) and brown until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart.
  • Stir the ground beef and brown until a deep crust appears on about 50 or so percent of the beef.
  • Remove the beef (you can leave the fat) and add the butter and the onions and bell peppers.
  • Let brown for 1-2 minutes before stirring, then let brown for another 1-2 minutes before stirring again.
  • Add the beef back into the pan.
  • Add the marinara sauce, pepperoni, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper into the pan.
  • Cook until the mixture is only slightly liquidy (about 75% of the mixture is above liquid), 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the pasta back to the pan and mix together gently.
  • Turn off the heat, add in the mozzarella cheese and stir until melted.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1085mg | Potassium: 659mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 17.4mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 3.4mg
Keyword: Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper
We love this Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper, it's the perfect weeknight meal!
Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper is a quick weeknight dish your whole family will love that has all the flavors of your favorite pepperoni pizza without the takeout!
Pepperoni Pizza Hamburger Helper is a quick and easy cheesy pasta that tastes like your favorite pizza and it's ready to eat in just 30 minutes.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. What size skillet do you use? My cast iron is a 10″. Although for the amount of pasta, a 12″ skillet will hold everything. This sounds very yummy.

  2. This was so yummy. My kids loved that the taste of the pasta was so similar to their favorite food, pizza! We will absolutely be making this for dinner again.

  3. This was excellent. My picky family loved it. I didn’t have any shell pasta, so I used mix of macaroni and penne! Pasta is a little short around my town right now!

  4. Making a dinner that makes 8 people all happy is basically nonexistent…ALL 8 of my family inhaled this, not a drop was left even the picky 2 yr old asked for seconds. Definitely going to have to double it next time.

  5. Hi Sabrina 
     Your recipes look amazing. I’m going to try this recipe tomorrow and I’m looking forward to tasting it.

  6. Was a total hit , hubby and daughter loved it. Hubby even woke up craving it. !!!Made pasta as recipe recommended thou did add all of it, used 24oz =2 cups store bought marinara. Will definitely make again and again, new family fav

    1. It makes me so happy to hear that the whole family loved the dish! I know how hard it can be to find meals to please everyone.

  7. PEPPERONI PIZZA HAMBURGER HELPER
    Good morning! I like the looks of this dish a lot as I recently made something similar with taco spices. Could you tell me how much provolone to add to the dish and when?
    Thank you
    Earl Williams
    Las Cruces, NM

    1. Hi Earl! That was an error in the recipe card I’ve fixed. No provolone, you’re just adding in the mozzarella. Hope you enjoy it!