Spicy Sausage and Pasta Bake: A Hearty Comfort Food Delight


Get ready to indulge in a flavorful journey with our Spicy Sausage and Pasta Bake. This dish combines the robust flavors of spicy Italian sausage with the comforting textures of pasta, all baked to perfection with a golden, cheesy top. Whether you're cooking for a family dinner or a potluck gathering, this recipe promises to be a crowd-pleaser that delivers on both taste and satisfaction.

Spicy Sausage and Pasta Bake: A Hearty Comfort Food Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving size: 1.5 cups

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 800mg


  • 300g (10.5 oz) penne pasta
  • 400g (14 oz) spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (400g/14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (400g/14 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups (200g/7 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (50g/1.75 oz) grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook the Pasta: Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Sausage: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up into crumbles with a wooden spoon.
  4. Sauté Vegetables: Add the chopped onion, garlic, and bell peppers to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Combine with Sauce: Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  6. Mix with Pasta: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the sausage and vegetable sauce. Mix well.
  7. Assemble the Bake: Transfer half of the pasta mixture to a large baking dish. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the top. Add the remaining pasta mixture and top with the rest of the cheese.
  8. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly with a golden crust.
  9. Garnish and Serve: Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly. Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For extra spice, add more red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the sauce mixture.
  • Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor.
  • Make ahead: Assemble the dish up to a day in advance and store in the refrigerator. Bake just before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I use a different type of pasta? Yes, you can use any short pasta like rigatoni, fusilli, or ziti.
  2. Can I make this dish vegetarian? Absolutely! Substitute the sausage with a plant-based alternative or add more vegetables like zucchini and mushrooms.
  3. How can I store leftovers? Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until hot.
  4. Can I freeze this dish? Yes, you can freeze the baked pasta in portions for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.

Savor every bite of this Spicy Sausage and Pasta Bake, a perfect blend of heat and comfort. Whether it's a cozy family dinner or a shared meal with friends, this dish brings warmth and joy to the table. Enjoy the robust flavors and delightful textures, and don't forget to share the love with a sprinkle of fresh basil on top!