Hawaiian Pizza Pasta Bake – Easy dinner idea! Pasta with ham, bacon, pineapple, and cheese, just like the pizza!
Hawaiian Pizza Pasta Bake
This Hawaiian Pizza Pasta Bake came to be when I was trying to think of a way to use up some leftover ham. My family loves a good ham dinner but there’s always SO. MUCH. leftover! I’ll often make this Cheddar Ham Chowder, which is delicious, but I was wanting something else a little different.
I considered making Hawaiian pizza, but I have this fear of making bread that involves yeast. I know that’s weird… but it sounds complicated, and I’m a scaredy cat! I’ll bit the bullet eventually on that… But not yet, and thankfully so, because that strange fear produced this amazing Hawaiian Pizza Pasta Bake! It’s a plain old mostaccioli-type recipe with added ham, bacon, pineapple, and lots of gooey cheese!
Hawaiian Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe
- 1 pound (16 ounces) Penne, uncooked
- 1-2 (24 ounce jars) spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups cooked diced ham
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 (20 ounce) can diced pineapple (or you can use 1 to 1½ cups freshly diced pineapple)
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Cook Penne noodles in a large pot, according to package instructions. Drain and set aside when done.
- While noodles are cooking, cook bacon in a large skillet. When done place on a paper towel to drain. Save the bacon drippings in the skillet. Coarsely chop the bacon when cooled down enough to touch. Set aside.
- In the same skillet as the bacon grease, place your diced ham and pineapples over medium-high heat. Cook until the ham is slightly browned and the pineapple is soft. Save 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
- In a large pot, add 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, and heat over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of drippings and stir to combine.
- Add ham, bacon, and pineapple, and stir again to combine.
- Add your noodles and 1 cup mozzarella, stirring again. You may want to add more sauce from your second jar here. The sauce will absorb into the noodles a bit when baked in the oven, so you'll want your mixture to be slightly more sauce-y than you like it.
- Place noodle mixture into a 9"x13" baking dish. Cover with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Bake in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and food is heated through.
- Serve warm, with extra cheese, if desired. Pair with some fresh pineapple or a crusty bread.
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