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sausage baked penne in casserole dish

Cheesy Sausage Baked Penne

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


This ooey-gooey Cheesy Sausage Baked Penne has all the flavor of lasagna in an easy prep, weeknight-friendly package! With just a few minutes of prep and 35 minutes in the oven, this family-friendly meal is ready in under an hour!



  • 12 oz pkg uncooked penne
  • 16 oz pkgs Italian ground sausage
  • 28 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 15 oz container reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbsp pesto (I like Bertolli the best)
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9 by 13″ casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  4. Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat, drain.
  5. Combine sausage, pasta, tomatoes, tomato pasta, ricotta, and pesto in a large bowl.
  6. Spoon mixture into prepared dish and top with mozzerella and parmesan cheeses.
  7. Bake 35 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbling.

Keywords: baked penne