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 1 1/2 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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