Pizza Pasta

Get the best of both worlds when you incorporate classic pizza flavors into your pasta!

  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min


1/4 cup (15g) fresh basil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for the pasta water
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 pound (227g) baby bella or white mushrooms, sliced
1 cup (150g) pepperoni slices, halved
1/2 cup (44g) grated Parmesan
2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves, freshly chopped
1 cup (118g) shredded fresh mozzarella


  1. Puree the Ciao DOP San Marzano Tomatoes, basil, 2 tablespoons Olitalia Extra Virgin Olive Oil, tomato paste, garlic, and salt in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour the tomato mixture into a wide saucepan and turn the heat to medium until the mixture comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer until the tomatoes have reduced into a thick sauce, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of Olitalia Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Stir in the mushrooms and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms are browned, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  4. When the tomato sauce is done cooking, taste and add more salt if necessary. Then add the mushrooms, pepperoni, Parmesan, and oregano and stir to combine.
  5. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, then cook the pasta according to recipe or package directions. Drain, then add the pasta to the sauce. Stir in the mozzarella.
  6. Serve with additional Parmesan sprinkled on top if desired.

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About the Chef

Meet Danny Freeman

Danny Freeman

Danny Freeman is a chef and content creator known for his colorful and creative takes on fresh pasta and Italian cooking. He fell in love with pasta making after attempting one of his grandmother’s recipes but quickly veered from the traditional and began making pasta in bright colors and original shapes. After posting videos of his pasta creations online, he gained a devoted following and developed his signature style of colorful, joyful, and delicious food. His work has been featured by Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, and more, and his videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times. A graduate of Tufts University and Columbia Law School, he was a legal services lawyer before becoming a pasta chef. Danny lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his husband and their daughters. He can be found on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube under the name @DannyLovesPasta.