Sausage Pasta Bake

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This Sausage Pasta Bake comes together in 30 minutes and is a cheesy, meaty, hearty meal that the whole family will love. Perfect for busy weeknights.

Pasta Sausage Bake topped with melted cheese in a glass pan

Sausage Pasta Bake

Looking for a quick, easy meal that your family will love? You’ve got to try this Sausage Pasta Bake. With just five simple ingredients, you can have this bubbling in the oven in no time! I especially like making this during the holidays because the red and white color of the dish paired with a crisp green salad or steamed broccoli looks so festive on your plate. Plus, it’s really easy to make and can be frozen ahead of time so it’s the perfect quick meal for those busy evenings. This is a family favorite recipe that is in constant rotation at our house.

Variations to this Pasta Recipe

  • If you have a little extra time, you can make this recipe with our Homemade Alfredo Sauce or our Healthy Alfredo Sauce and our Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce. These recipes are easy to make and taste extra delicious in this dish.
  • To make it a little faster to throw together, feel free to use your favorite canned spaghetti sauce and canned Alfredo sauce. 
  • Make it healthier by using whole wheat pasta, turkey sausage, and lighter versions of spaghetti and Alfredo sauce. 
  • You can use different varieties of pasta depending on what you have in the pantry or what your family likes best. I’ve made it with rotini pasta, penne pasta, and bow tie pasta. They all work great!

Freeze it for Later

This Pasta Sausage Bake can be made ahead of time and frozen to use for later! Just prep the casserole according to the recipe card below, but don’t bake it. Cover with aluminum foil and freeze for up to two months. To reheat, simply pop it in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until it’s heated all the way through and the cheese is bubbly. Serve it with a green salad and some crusty bread for a really easy weeknight dinner!

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Pasta dinners are so easy to prepare and are always hearty and filling, aka the perfect weeknight meal! Try some of these delicious recipes for the next time you need a quick dinner idea.

How to make Sausage Pasta Bake

Pasta Sausage Bake topped with melted cheese in a glass pan

Sausage Pasta Bake

5 from 3 votes
This Sausage Pasta Bake comes together in 30 minutes and is a cheesy, meaty, hearty meal that the whole family will love. Perfect for busy weeknights.

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients

  • 12 oz cooked smoked sausage diced
  • 1 lb bow tie penne, or rotini pasta
  • 3 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce homemade or canned
  • 3 cups Alfredo sauce homemade or canned
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded and divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Heat the sliced sausage in a medium sized saucepan until lightly browned on both sides.
  • Spread ½ cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  • Layer half of the pasta, half of the sausage, 1 ½ cups of spaghetti sauce, 1 ½ cups Alfredo sauce, and 1 ½ cups of cheese. Repeat with everything except the cheese on top.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil, top with remaining 1 ½ cups of cheese and bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve with steamed broccoli or a fresh green salad for a festive meal!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 438kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 17gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1209mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 499IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 2mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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    1. If you are trying to avoid using Alfredo altogether, you can use 6 1/2 cups of spaghetti sauce in this recipe. If you are looking to use a less fat/calories version of the Alredo sauce, you can substitute the recipe here for the Alfredo sauce. Thank you for asking!

    1. You could definitely try it with ground beef. I am sure it would be fine! It will serve the same, appx 6 depending on people’s hunger levels 🙂

  1. I made this last night and put in fridge to bake today. Would you have to bake it longer if it were refrigerated over night?

  2. I was able to locate the regular Alfredo sauce recipe when I searched but I wanted to let you know that the link is broken that you have above