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Easy Italian Pasta Bake
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Italian Sausage Pasta Bake

My Easy Italian Sausage Pasta Bake is so comforting and delicious! This easy pasta bake makes enough for a large crowd too and is perfect for leftovers.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked pasta, baked penne, italian sausage pasta bake
Servings: 10 people
Author: Tania


  • 1 pound penne pasta (see note)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 pounds ground Italian sausage (removed from casings)
  • 2 (24 oz) jars your favorite marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for serving
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large pot with salted water, cook penne according to instructions, until al dente. Drain and transfer pasta back into the pot.
  • On a large deep skillet, add sausage and cook about 5-8 minutes, breaking up the meat into small chunks. Drain any excess fat. Make some room in the skillet, and add some olive oil and the garlic. Sauté a few minutes and mix with the sausage.
  • Add marinara sauce, Kosher salt, black pepper, basil, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer about 8 minutes, covered.
  • Ladle about 3/4 of the sauce onto the pot with pasta. Toss to combine.
  • Spread some of the remaining sauce onto a 9x13 baking pan. Transfer the prepared penne with sauce onto the pan.
  • Spoon over ricotta on top, roughly smoothing it over, and pushing some of it down. Top with remaining sauce. Then, top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Loosely cover pan with foil, making sure that the foil is not directly touching the cheese, if possible. 
  • Bake about 30 minutes. Then broil 1-3 minutes until golden brown. Watch it closely so it doesn’t burn! Top with more basil and serve.


  1. Instead of penne, you can also use rigatoni, ziti, or rotini.