Creamy Sausage Pasta Bake

Creamy Sausage Pasta Bake, a delicious pasta dinner recipe that is ready in about 30 minutes. A big hit with kids and grown-ups alike, this easy Italian dish is so flavourful and comforting.

A dish with sausage pasta bake and a serving spoon in it

When in doubt, cook pasta! And, if you have kids, you are forever wondering what else to cook to make the little munchkins happy.Or wondering how to keep your sanity intact, more like it. Been there, done that!

The answer, at least as far as dinner time is concerned, is a beautiful pasta bake with sausages and veggies cooked in a lovely creamy sauce to lick your fingers clean.

Throw some cheese in, and you are good to go. Yeah, it doesn’t really work with my low-carb lifestyle goals, but it surely makes us all happy.But hey, happiness comes from the simple things. Or, in our case, a big dish of pasta.

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How to make sausage pasta bake – step by step

Once the creamy sauce is ready, and the pasta is cooked, it’s all a matter of mixing everything together and adding them to an oven-proof dish topped with some grated cheese.

So, let’s see how to make the sauce first:

  • you can either use sausages, which you can cut and squeeze out of their skin, or use sausage meat, which is ready to use
  • use a wooden spoon to break the meat over a medium heat, which means stirring for about 3-4 minutes until the meat is slightly cooked
  • add the garlic, spinach, chopped red peppers and tomatoes plus water from the pasta, and leave to cook until you get a thick sauce
  • add the cream, season to taste and throw in the cooked pasta
  • mix everything well, top with cheese and bake for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted

Overhead shoot of a blue plate with pasta bake and an oven dish with more pasta

Alternative ways of cooking the pasta casserole

Using ground sausage meat is one way of making this fantastic pasta bake.

Another way would be using slices of sausages, either ready-to-eat, like chorizo, or frying/baking any sausages of your choice, and adding them to the sauce.

In this case, we go straight to making the sauce first by sauteeing an onion with garlic, adding chopped tomatoes, spinach and peppers.

Then just follow all the steps, and add the sausages at the same time you add the cooked pasta.The baking time does not change at all.

As far as herbs are concerned, basil, either dried or fresh, parsley and oregano are always the best herbs to use in any Italian pasta dish.

Looking for more pasta bake dishes? How about my Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake? Or the Stuffed Pasta Shells with Spinach and Ricotta for a nice vegetarian option?

Overhead shoot of a pasta dish

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Creamy Sausage Pasta Bake
Prep Time
10 hrs
Cook Time
20 hrs
Total Time
1 d 6 hrs
 

Creamy Sausage Pasta Bake, a delicious pasta dinner recipe that is ready in about 30 minutes. A big hit with kids and grown-ups alike, this easy Italian dish is so flavourful and comforting.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta bake recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 423 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fusilli pasta
  • 1 cup sausage meat (or 6 sausages)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400 g, 13 oz)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup double cream (heavy cream)
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley or basil
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.

  2. Heat up the oil in a pan over a medium heat, add the sausage meat and use a wooden spoon to break the meat.

  3. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, then add the garlic, chopped tomatoes, chopped pepper, seasoning, herbs and a quarter of a cup of the water in which the pasta is cooking.

  4. Put the lid on, and leave to cook for 10 minutes or so until the sauce is reduced.

  5. Add the cream, and add the cooked and drained pasta.

  6. Transfer everything to an oven-proof dish, top with grated cheese and bake at 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit) for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

  7. Top with fresh chopped parsley or basil.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Sausage Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 423 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 609mg 25%
Potassium 351mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 40.9%
Vitamin C 50.2%
Calcium 11%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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