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Cheesy Italian Sausage Pasta Bake

My recipe for Italian Sausage Pasta Bake is perfect for making on busy weeknights when you want a delicious and easy-to-make meal to serve your family.

I am so delighted that warmer weather is here.  It means that my family and I will be spending more time dining al fresco.   It’s so nice to get out of the house and to enjoy being outside.

In my quest to combine the delicious flavors of grilled foods with comfort food, I married the two in a dish that I refer to as Italian Sausage Pasta.  I am going to tell you how I made it – without a recipe.  Feel free to take your own liberties when cooking – make the dish your own.

scoop of Italian sausage pasta

How To Make Cheesy Italian Sausage Pasta Bake

For this easy Italian main dish, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 – 12 ounce package sausage
  • 3 cups pasta uncooked (I used Conchiglie)
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 – 24 ounce jar tomato & basil spaghetti sauce
  • 3 fresh basil leaves

To make the Italian Sausage Pasta, start with your favorite sausage and grill it.   While it is cooking, prepare some pasta – you want to cook it until it is al dente.

Grilled Sausage - Copy

Doesn’t the sausage look beautiful?  Let it cool for a couple of minutes and then cut it into 1/2 inch slices.

Sausage Slices - Copy

Next, drain your pasta and return it to the pot.  Add the sausage, a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (tomato & basil is a good flavor), and 3 basil leaves that have been cut using a chiffonade technique.

Pasta Pot - Copy

To the pot, add some shredded mozzarella cheese.  (I used fresh mozzarella and found it to be too cheesy and clumpy.  The shredded should create better results.)  Pour the pasta into your favorite casserole dish and bake for about 20 minutes.

Italian Sausage Bake

Lynda
Enjoy this Italian Sausage Pasta on busy weeknights when you want a delicious and easy-to-make meal to serve your family.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 418 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 – 12 ounce package sausage
  • 3 cups pasta uncooked (I used Conchiglie)
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 – 24 ounce jar tomato & basil spaghetti sauce
  • 3 fresh basil leaves

Instructions
 

  • Boil pasta according to directions.
  • Meanwhile, grill sausage over medium heat for 6 – 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drain pasta.
  • Cut sausage into 1/2-inch thick slices. Add to pasta in pan.
  • Layer basil and roll lengthwise. Cut into thin strips (chiffonade).
  • Pour spaghetti sauce on top of sausage and pasta. Add basil strips and cheese and stir.
  • Pour pasta into casserole dish that has been lightly coated with nonstick spray.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 21gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 829mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6g
Keyword Italian, pasta, sausage
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Italian Sausage Bake

Isn’t that simple?  And it is delicious, too!

Italian Sausage Bake and piece of French bread

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