Pressure cooking pasta is a breeze. This pizza pasta bake casserole is fun to make and a kid pleaser. Add your favorite ingredients and fancy it up with wine and you have an easy and delicious Pizza Pasta Casserole coming from your Ninja Foodi. The Golden baked cheese is to die for in the Air Fryer.
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I‘m slowly trying to improve this of course! Yet, please know I’m a busy mom who’s usually starving by the time these things are done and snapping pictures frantically!
This recipe comes from the Ninja Foodi book. It comes with the Ninja. I tweaked it a bit because I’m all about using what I have before I go out and purchase something for a meal.
You can see a complete breakdown and review on the Ninja Foodi Here.
INGREDIENTS FOR PIZZA PASTA PEPPERONI BAKE
- 1 large Onion-peeled cut in half sliced in half moon shapes.
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper- I just use the Grinder until it looks good
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper- I left this out, kids and I are not spicy fans
- 6 Large Garlic Cloves peeled cut and minced
- 1 Can of Diced tomatoes 28 ounces
- 1 can tomato puree 28 ounces
- 1 cup Red Wine
- 2 Cups Chicken Stock- divided
- 1 pepperoni sausage cut up- I used half a pack of Pepperoni
- 1 box dry rigatoni pasta- I used shells it’s all I had
- 4 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- More Pepperoni to top it off with
I used Pepperoni slices because it’s what I had. Substituting shell pasta wasn’t bad. I used my own canned tomatoes which isn’t as large and it worked fine. I used my small can of tomato paste.
Most of the ingredients in the picture I get the best deal from BJs.
I liked not having to brown the sausage as it tells you in the book. Buying the sliced pepperoni saved an extra step and time. This was a great buy two get three free deal at our local Tops Markets.
I love searing onions in the pot. It just amazes me. Not having a dishwasher I’m all for minimal pans being dirty.
It’s a great dump and
You pressure cook the pasta bake for 6 minutes. Once the pressure is done, you give it a stir and add in your cheese.
Close the crisping lid and select air crisp. Temp goes to 400° and timer for five minutes.
If you don’t have a Ninja Foodi and are using a pressure cooker just close your lid and let the cheese melt a little more.
You could always substitute the cheese. Do half mozzarella half cheddar or whatever else you have. Except for Swiss, that may be weird. Or amazing. Let us know 😉
Sprinkle it with more pepperoni. My kids have no idea if they love or hate pepperoni. Last time they had the same stuff from the same package they said it was too spicy.
In this dish they wanted MORE pepperoni. I went easy on it because of the last episode. No mom you can’t win!
Either way always adjust recipes to what you know suits your family. Or what you thought you knew. You’ve provided a delicious and kid pleaser, seriously my kids loved it about 28 minutes total!