Pepperoni Tomato Pasta

This Pepperoni Tomato Pasta features just a couple of simple and available ingredients, but it is packed with flavour. The beauty of simplicity!

Hello, hello, everyone. I am not going to bother your with questions like “How are you doing”, “Did spring arrive in your area”, etc. While I enjoy working from home, the hardest part is timing. This process is like a learning curve – it doesn’t happen immediately, so I am still adjusting my schedule, and apparently, the blog isn’t my first priority. That will change soon, I am positive about that!

Anyway, I have realized I didn’t share one important news with you. We’ve moved! Not like we changed our apartments – we bought a beautiful house (rustic style) just 10 minutes from Halifax. Lovely neighbourhood (not too crowded), forest and five small lakes around. And the most important part, as a food photographer, I am intensively testing the natural light now, and I love it! Soon, I will be sharing some new recipes photographed in our new house.

However, this Pepperoni Tomato Pasta was made 3 weeks ago still in our old apartments. As Andrey keeps saying, “simplicity is the best beauty” when it comes to pasta. While I love to experiment with flavours and textures, this time I opted for just a small bunch of simple ingredients!

Spicy pepperoni, juicy sweet tomatoes, lightly caramelized onions and garlic, olive oil, a tiny drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and basil. Optionally – some grated cheese and pine nuts on top. Do you feel the way this Pepperoni Tomato Pasta tastes? I hope you do! Or even better – go to the kitchen and make it!

Cheers and see you next time!

Pepperoni Tomato Pasta

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  • 200-250 gr. pasta
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium white/red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced (I used more)
  • 1 cup sliced mini pepperonis (about 5-6 sticks)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, whole or cut in half if large
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried herbs de Provence
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • a pinch of salt
  • parmesan, shaved, to serve
  • pinenuts, toasted
  • more fresh thyme, basil, and olive oil for serving
  • a handful of fresh basil


  1. Heat 2 tbsp.of the olive oil over low medium heat and cook the onions and garlic, about 5 minutes, until lightly caramelized.
  2. Add the pepperoni and cook 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, herbs, balsamic, and salt. Increase heat and cook about 5-7minutes, until the tomatoes are soft.
  4. Cook the pasta in salted water as instructed on the package. Reserve some(1/2 cup) liquid and drain. Combine the pasta with sauce and mix. Add some of the reserved water to thinner up the sauce.
  5. Serve immediately with some extra topping like cheese or pine nuts, if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

7 thoughts on “Pepperoni Tomato Pasta

  1. Congrutulation on buying and moving to a new house Ben! I hope you and Andrey have many happy times there together. You’re right that “simplicity is the best beauty” when it comes to pasta. And this pasta dish is perfect for difficult times like these, when all you want is something delicious, satisfying and comforting. Yum!

  2. Congratulations on the new house! With everything going on in the world, some good news is much needed! It sounds like the area is lovely! I’m so very thrilled for you!!!! YAY! This pasta looks like a wonderful way to celebrate! It looks super cozy and delicious! Plus, pepperoni is always a win! Cheers and congrats again!!
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  3. Congrats on the big move, Ben! Having your own house must feel amazing now. You’ll have to share photos of it soon! In the meantime, this pasta recipe sounds amazing. I do love pepperoni combined with pasta, and all of those cherry tomatoes + fresh basil have my mouth watering right now. Delicious!
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  4. Delicious, simple comfort food at its finest! Love this combination of flavors you assembled, Ben, and a recipe of ingredients already on hand is perfect. Congratulations on your new home! The area sounds lovely. Have fun exploring food photography with natural light! Stay well!

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