If you haven’t finished your menu planning for this week, you’re in luck. I’m begging you to throw these ingredients in a shopping cart and get this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake on the kitchen table stat! Life containing pasta might never be the same.
My kids would eat any kind of tomato pasta for dinner 365 days of the year, and I like it just as much. Usually I’ll buy a pretty decent jar of sauce and just add the meat and pasta, but sometimes slow cooking your own sauce makes such a difference. I could tell by the pleasurable moans and groans while the family inhaled each bite, they knew this rich red brew was not from a jar. As usual the quality of the ingredient you put into a recipe will determine the quality of the finish. It’s the little things like using San Marzano tomatoes and well made sweet Italian sausage that make this sausage pasta so rich and thick. A recent shipment of cheese from my friends at Cabot let me use Seriously Sharp Cheddar instead of regular mozzarella, see how I sneaked in even more flavor.
Even if you don’t make this recipe as it is, the sauce can be used for any kind of pasta dish. Make a batch of homemade meatballs and cook them in this sauce, or lay it over some chicken Parmesan. It’s rich, thick and full of flavor. I get excited when I end up with a recipe that I can visit again and again and this is my new pasta sauce. Simmer it on low and let the red wine, beef stock and tiny burnt pieces of the sausage get together with the fresh basil and super sharp cheddar cheese. Serve this with a baguette, you’ll need it to mop up the ridiculously tasty sauce.
More amazing sausage pasta recipes.
Damn Delicious- Andouille Sausage Pasta
Taste and Tell- Sausage Skillet Pasta
Bev Cooks- Pasta with Kale and Sausage
Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake
- 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian pork sausages
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 3 cloves large garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 cup tomato sauce not ketchup
- 1 can San Marzano whole plum tomatoes 28oz
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar grated
- fresh basil
- 1 small box No boil lasagna noodles
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Have a 2 1/2 qt baking dish ready.
- Slice the sausages open and separate the meat from the outer casing.
- Heat the oil in a large (10-12 inch) pan.
- Drop chunks of the sausage meat into the oil and cook over a medium to high heat until the meat is cooked through.
- Transfer the meat to a bowl using a slotted spoon.
- In the same hot pan, add the diced onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add the minced garlic and stir.
- Add the basil, oregano and red pepper flakes and stir well.
- Take the plum tomatoes from the can and gently squeeze into the pan using your hands. You just need to squash them up a bit, then add the rest of the juice from the can.
- Add the tomato sauce, stock, red wine, salt and pepper.
- Stir well and bring to a simmer.
- Cook on low uncovered for 40-45 minutes and the sauce has reduced and is nice and thick. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
- Spread a half cup of the sauce on the bottom of your baking dish.
- Lay the lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
- Spread half of the sausage meat on top of the pasta.
- Cover the meat liberally with sauce and then top with half of the grated cheese.
- Repeat the process, pasta-meat-sauce-cheese.
- Rip some fresh basil leaves and sprinkle on top of the final cheese layer.
- Bake in the oven uncovered for 35 minutes and the sauce is bubbling along the sides of the dish and the cheese has melted.
- Let rest for 5 minutes and then serve with fresh crusty bread and extra basil.
This looks wonderful! Perfect weeknight dinner!
I agree Tori :)
I really want a fork to dig right in
I hear ya :)
Wow Gerry! This pasta bake looks amazing! So flavorful and the cheesy layer on top is of course perfect!
Now this is a pasta bake I want to dig into, that sauce looks killer!
I just added this to next week’s menu. I can’t wait!
perfect. just perfect and so rich and filling
Thanks Jess, rich is a perfect way to describe it :)
What a comforting and hearty dish. This pasta bake is seriously all I need right now – the rainy weather is calling for it!
Thanks Thalia :)
I don’t have a big family any more, so I don’t cook as many casseroles. But someone just mentioned to me—cut it half or by two thirds. Duh. This one would lend itself to that. Yay!
My husband does not consume alcohol – what would be a good substitute for the red wine?
Ruth, I would just replace the wine with more stock but the alcohol is cooked down to leave only a great flavor.
I made this very delicious dish last night. It was easy to make and big on flavor. Definitely a must-make recipe–one that I’ll be adding to my rotation. Thanks so much, Gerry!
Awesome Jennie, so glad you liked it!!