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Cheesy Sausage Pasta Casserole

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This Cheesy Sausage Pasta Casserole is two layers of meaty cheesy goodness with Penne Pasta mixed in. This recipe is delicious leftover the next day too.

Updated May 6, 2022

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Hot from the oven Cheesy Sausage Pasta Casserole

We have changed up the pasta dish a bit by using ground sausage instead of ground beef! The flavors in this casserole are scrumptious, especially with the piled-on cheese! Comfort food right here!

The kids love it and we do too because it’s an easy recipe that makes plenty for leftovers the next day.

I like to call that cook once, eat twice! Take leftovers for lunch or serve it with a side salad for dinner again the next day. Y’all know, that pasta casseroles are always even more flavorful the next day!

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Close up photo of a big bite of Cheesy Sausage Pasta Casserole on a fork with a white plate in the background. The casserole dish and a red and white napkin are also in the background

Get out this cookware

My favorite big skillet is an Emeril Lagasse Stainless Steel Copper bottom. Mine is dishwasher and oven safe. 

A large  serving of Cheesy Sausage Pasta dish on a white plate next to the glass casserole dish on a table

It is wise to invest in good cookware which will last a lifetime. I recommend stainless steel cookware because it is very durable and easy to clean.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb. Sage Pork Sausage browned and drained
  • 1 24 oz. Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried Basil
  • 1 tsp. dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 15 oz. container Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese divided

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350° and bring a large saucepan of water to a boil then add the pasta. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Step 2

While the pasta is cooking, In a large bowl, mix all of the Ricotta and 1 cup of the Mozzarella Cheese and set aside.

Step 3

Brown the sausage in a large skillet and drain. Return the sausage to the skillet. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and the seasonings. Then heat through just until it begins to bubble and remove it from heat.

Step 4

Stir in the drained al dente pasta until the mixture is well blended.

Step 5

Spray your large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon half of the meat and pasta mixture the baking dish.

Top with half of the Ricotta-Mozzarella mixture and spread it evenly across the top.

Then add the remaining meat and pasta mixture and top with the remaining cheese then spread it across the top.

Step 6

Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Remove from oven. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top and return to the oven just long enough to melt the cheese.

Serve and enjoy!

Side Dishes to Serve with pasta dishes:

Cheese Sausage Pasta Casserole recipe.

Cheesy Sausage Pasta Casserole

Shirley Wood
A sausage and cheese lovers comfort food casserole full of flavor for a delicious weeknight meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 361 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large skillet
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 large casserole dish

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 lb. Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb. Sage Pork Sausage browned and drained
  • 1 24 oz. Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried Basil
  • 1 tsp. dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 15 oz. container Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix all of the Ricotta and 1 cup of the Mozzarella Cheese and set aside.
  • Brown the sausage in a large skillet and drain.
  • Return the sausage to the skillet. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and the seasonings.
  • Heat through just until it begins to bubble then remove from heat.
  • Stir in the pasta.
  • Spoon half of the meat and pasta mixture Into a large prepared (sprayed with non-stick spray) baking dish.
  • Top with half of the the Ricotta-Mozzarella mixture and spread it evenly across the top.
  • Now add the remaining meat and pasta mixture.
  • Top with remaining cheese mixture.
  • Bake approximately 25 minutes or until hot and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven. Sprinkle remaining Mozzarella cheese on top and return to oven just long enough to melt the cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Ricotta cheese is easier to spread when it is allowed to set out for a few minutes.
Keyword Casserole

This Cheesy Sausage Pasta Casserole is a kid-friendly dinner, an easy casserole, bonafide comfort food loaded with flavor and cheesy satisfaction.

One-dish dinners make it easy for me to serve my family a weeknight meal around the table. I like to put the casserole dish in the middle of the table along with a big serving spoon. The conversations around the table are always lively when the food is good. 

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