Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake
Pasta and sausage in a rich tomato pasta sauce is topped with an abundance of cheese to create this Cheesy Sausage Pasta.
Servings: 6 servings
- 16 ounces bite-size pasta
- 1 lb spicy Italian or hot breakfast sausage
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 26 ounces spaghetti sauce (use your favorite - homemade or store-bought)
- kosher salt, adjust to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, adjust to taste
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley
Cook the pasta until it is al dente. (Take care not to overcook.) Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water to stop it from continuing to cook while it cools.
While the pasta is boiling, cook and crumble the sausage in a large deep skillet. Add the garlic cloves and continue cooking until fragrant. Add the spaghetti sauce, stir and bring to a simmer. Taste and add salt and pepper, if desired.
Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to mix throughout. Sprinkle with 2 cups of cheese, stir to combine. Top with an additional 2 cups of cheese.
Bake until the cheese has thoroughly melted and the edges are bubbling, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.
Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1365mg | Potassium: 811mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1052IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 3mg