Italian sausage pasta bake

Italian sausage pasta bake


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About this recipe: An easy pasta bake that is comfort food at its best! Pasta is layered with flavourful Italian sausage, cheese and tomato pasta sauce, then baked until bubbly. Tortiglioni is similar to penne, which you can use in a pinch.


Serves: 8 

  • 1 (500g) pack tortiglioni pasta
  • 450g Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 (600g) jars tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, divided
  • 340g ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 450g mozzarella cheese, grated

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Place sausage in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat marinara with 1 teaspoon basil until bubbling. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread bottom of a 20x30cm baking dish with sauce. Layer 1/2 of the pasta, 1/2 the sausage, 1/2 of the ricotta and 1/2 the mozzarella. Spoon half of the sauce over top. Repeat layers. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 teaspoons basil and Italian seasoning.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

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