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Pasta with Italian Sausage

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

25 - 30 minutes


6 - 8 Servings



About the Recipe

This is my easier alternative to lasagna, using bow-tie noodles (because they're my daughter's favorite). This recipe can also be split into individual baking dishes and customized to individual taste. My oldest son won't eat cheese, so I still make him an individual dish of pasta with meat sauce before I fill the large baking dish.

This can also be made in two 8" x 8" pans, so one can be frozen or gifted. To cook from frozen, preheat oven to 375°. Cover with aluminum foil, bake for ten minutes, then bake uncovered for an additional 20 - 25 minutes until top is browning and edges are bubbling.


  • 1 lb Italian sausage (spicy or mild, to taste)

  • 1 box bow tie pasta

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper (or more, to taste)

  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce


Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

In large, heavy bottomed pan, brown Italian sausage with crushed red pepper. Drain if required.In large, heavy bottomed pan, brown Italian sausage with crushed red pepper. Drain if required.

Step 3

Add spaghetti sauce, mix, and let simmer for a minute. Remove from heat and cover.

Step 4

Mix ricotta, parmesan, 1 cup mozzarella, Italian seasoning, and garlic.

Step 5

Cook and drain pasta. Add to meat sauce and stir to combine.

Step 6

Spread half of pasta and meat sauce in 9" x 13" baking dish.

Step 7

Spread cheese mixture over pasta.

Step 8

Spread remaining pasta and sauce over cheese mixture.

Step 9

Sprinkle remaining mozzarella over top.

Step 10

Bake uncovered for approximately 25 - 30 minutes, until cheese on top is melted and begins to brown.

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