Italian sausage pasta bake

    1 hour

    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.

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    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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    Made as the recipe listed but reduced the the ingredients by 50%. Covered the dish with foil while in the oven then removed the foil for the last 10 minutes. Loved by all.  -  24 Feb 2018


    Wow, this made so much food! We made some changes to the dish, and it was amazing! We only baked it for 35 minutes because the cheese on top was getting overdone on 350 degrees F. We used turkey instead of sausage and added 2 cloves of garlic and a half cup of yellow onion to spice up the turkey. Also we used 1 jar of Emmeril's "Roasted Red Pepper" sauce in addition to one jar of the marinara. Using only 3 cups of cheese instead of 4 made us feel better about the high fat content. But we used italian cheese instead of just plain mozzarella. It was excellent, and now we have food for days!  -  15 Sep 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This truly is the Best Ziti Ever. It makes an enormous amount of food, so this would be great to take to a pot luck dinner or just to serve a large family. The smell while it was cooking was absolutely divine. I felt like I was at an Italian restaurant. This dish is restaurant quality. I didn't change a thing. It is perfect just the way it is. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe.  -  25 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)