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Baked Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage

Baked Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage

Last week Josh and his brother, Matt, spent numerous hours working in our yard. I feel guilty because I really didn’t help much. I think I picked up a rake once, oops! They really worked hard and did a great job. I did contribute by feeding them though. That should count for something, right?

One night I made pasta for the boys. I love pasta because it is cheap, easy, and the choices are endless. We had leftover grilled Italian sausages and ricotta cheese so I decided to do a baked pasta. I added in onion, garlic, and roasted peppers too. I topped everything off with my homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

The individual baked pastas came out nice and bubbly. The guys were thrilled to come in for dinner. I didn’t taste it because I don’t do meat, but the lack of conversation at the dinner table was a good sign. They devoured their pasta in minutes.

Sorry this recipe is kind of random. I just made it up as I was cooking. If you have questions let me know. I don’t think you can mess it up! Just mix it all up, bake, and I am sure something good will come out of the oven:)

Tomorrow we are leaving for Palm Beach, Florida. We will be vacationing for an entire week. Josh’s brother, Ben, and his wife, Whitney, are joining us. Should be a great time! We will try to check in from the beach! If anyone has Palm Beach suggestions-places to go or eat, let us know! Thanks friends!

Baked Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage

(Printable Recipe)

Penne pasta-cook until al dente, drain and set aside
Olive oil
Onion, chopped
Fennel seed
Crushed red pepper
Basil, chopped
Roasted peppers-I used red and yellow-we had some in the freezer
Italian sausage-I used leftover grilled Colosimo’s sausage, just cut it into chunks
Marinara sauce-I used my homemade sauce, but you can use store bought
Ricotta cheese
Mozzarella cheese

1. Spray baking dish with cooking spray. I used 2 individual dishes. You can use a big one for a large group. Spread marinara sauce on the bottom of the dishes.
2. In a skillet, heat olive oil. Add in onion, garlic, fennel seed, crushed red pepper, basil, and roasted peppers. Cook until tender.
3. Add in sausage chunks. Cook for a couple of minutes.
4. In a bowl, mix pasta with marinara sauce. Add in the pepper/sausage mixture.
5. Divide pasta evenly in dishes, or put all of it in one big dish.
6. Drop spoonfuls of ricotta cheese into the pasta dishes. Make sure to mix it a little bit. You want it to be in with the pasta/sauce mixture.
7. Sprinkle with mozzerella cheese and mix a little bit.
8. Cover the top of the pasta with more mozzerella and fresh basil.
9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until bubbly.
10. Enjoy!

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58 Responses to “Baked Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage”

  1. Happy cook — May 27, 2009 @ 5:52 am

    Wow that really looks so so baked dleicous :-)

  2. ♥Rosie♥ — May 27, 2009 @ 6:12 am

    Your boys certainly have been working hard but so have you Maria with your wonderful creations to feed them! I love pasta and this looks gorgeous – a must try.

    Rosie x

  3. Barbara Bakes — May 27, 2009 @ 6:13 am

    The pasta sounds delicious! Have a great time in Florida!

  4. Dawn — May 27, 2009 @ 6:23 am

    one of my fav dishes and would you believe my hubby is Italian and does NOT like italian sausage? so when I make this I have to make a small one for me or else I eat it all!

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums — May 27, 2009 @ 6:31 am

    I love such casseroles! A delicious looking dish!



  6. Jen — May 27, 2009 @ 6:44 am

    Looks wonderful! I love baked pastas, as well.

  7. kat — May 27, 2009 @ 6:45 am

    This is just darn good comfort food!

  8. RecipeGirl — May 27, 2009 @ 6:52 am

    Yummy comfort food! Have a great time on your trip!!!

  9. Erica — May 27, 2009 @ 6:53 am

    Looks fabulous- nothing beats a good pasta dish. Have SO much fun on your vacation!

  10. stephchows — May 27, 2009 @ 7:10 am

    Feeding the work crew is JUST as important! Have an amazing vacation!! Wear sunscreen :)

  11. Mary — May 27, 2009 @ 7:24 am

    I love this type of casserole. You’ll be able to hoardes delicious and nutritious food. Have a wonderful day.

  12. Sara — May 27, 2009 @ 7:37 am

    Yum, the bet the guys enjoyed this! It looks delicious. Pasta is always a great “go to” meal.

  13. Ingrid — May 27, 2009 @ 7:59 am

    I make something very similar, hadn’t thought to add peppers. Yours looks really good! Great photo!

    Bring an umbrella and lots of sunscreen! It’s our rainy season. Most days at some point during the day it storms and then is all clear again. Hope the weather behaves for ya. Enjoy your vacation!

  14. Culinary Wannabe — May 27, 2009 @ 9:09 am

    We are in Toronto for the long weekend, where it is rainy and cold – so this looks amazing! Exactly the kind of warm and comforting dish I could use right now.

  15. The Caked Crusader — May 27, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    I love it – it looks delicious. I always like the way the top goes a little crispy – that’s the best bit!

  16. Amy Beatty — May 27, 2009 @ 9:13 am

    You guys are going to have so much fun, so jealous. You will need to blog about it for us. Have you ever tried to use the soy sausage, know what I’m talking about? Anyways, I haven’t yet, but I got some the other day, and can’t wait to try it.

  17. Colleen — May 27, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    This looks like one of my favorite meals – and I love that you made them individually!

  18. pinkstripes — May 27, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    Looks fantastic! Have fun on your trip!

  19. Gaby — May 27, 2009 @ 10:12 am

    wow that sounds delicious!!! Anything with ricotta and mozzarella is my fav!

  20. ttfn300 — May 27, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    can’t go wrong with this comforting dish :)

  21. Karen — May 27, 2009 @ 11:28 am

    Baked pasta always looks so rustic, like something a grandma would make!

  22. Michele — May 27, 2009 @ 11:42 am

    We always eat at the Crab House. They have a beautiful covered porch that you can sit right up to the water while you eat. Very relaxing. It is in Jupiter, just the next town up. I bought the pb chips to make my son the choc/pb cookies. He is going to LOVE them.

  23. teresa — May 27, 2009 @ 11:45 am

    They looks great! Have a wonderful vacation!

  24. The Short (dis)Order Cook — May 27, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

    That looks delicious. I love baked pastas too (like the one I did for Mom’s birthday). Cheesy, gooey goodness. You hit it on the head.

    Have a great vacation!

  25. Veron — May 27, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

    I agree with you pasta is cheap, easy and delicious…and this is no exception!

  26. Melissa — May 27, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    When things are individually cooked they are always so much more fun! Looks delicious!

  27. Katrina — May 27, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

    That looks great. One of our favorite go-to meals here is pasta. It just may have to be dinner tonight–we even have some leftover brats from Monday. Hmm. Great idea, Maria.
    Have a GREAT time on your vacation!!!

  28. Bunny — May 27, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    Have a great time on vacation!! I love dinners like this, this is comfort food!!

  29. Kerstin — May 27, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    You definitely contributed if you fed them a fantastic pasta dish like that one :)

    I hope you have a fabulous vacation!

  30. Carrian — May 27, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

    I love ricotta. I am slowly but surely getting the hubs to also.

  31. Robin Sue — May 27, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    These are such great dishes and almost anything can be added. I like that you have roasted peppers and Italian Sausage in there- such a great combination.

  32. Monica H — May 27, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

    Looks good. have fun!

  33. Donna-FFW — May 27, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

    Sounds absolutely delicious for a random recipe.

  34. Cait — May 27, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

    I don’t know if it’s just because I’m starving, but that looks divine!

  35. Kate — May 27, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

    Oh yum! I love sausages and that looks perfect for hungry men!

  36. Pamela — May 27, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    Way to use up the left overs! Looks wonderfully tasty. Hope you have a great vacation.

  37. Meghan — May 27, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

    This sounds delicious – I love a good baked pasta dish. Have a great vacation!!

  38. PheMom — May 27, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

    I could go for a nice big bowl of this! It looks soooo good!

  39. Natashya — May 27, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    I love these kinds of casual recipes, totally delish!

  40. MissBliss — May 27, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

    I. Need. A. Bite. or two. :)

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