Sausage Pasta Bake

There’s just something about Italian food that makes my tummy go, “I want seconds!” Pasta, garlic bread, red sauce, and cheese are my go-to’s. Our daughter loves pasta too, so much that she likes it plain with just a little mozzarella sprinkled on top. I hope one day she’ll appreciate red sauce and want some on top of her pasta pile 😂 in the mean time, my hubby and I will eat all the red sauce and meat.

I’ve made spaghetti and other pasta dishes using ground beef, ground turkey, and ground sausage. My favorite is ground sausage! Also, bacon. Sprinkling some bacon on top of your pasta is that extra zing. You have to try it! Last night I made a sausage pasta bake with bacon on top and it was perfect.

Put olive oil in a skillet and add diced onions, season with salt & pepper. Cook for 2 mins then add minced garlic. Cook for about a min.
Add in ground sausage.
Break down sausage to brown it. Add in seasonings while browning.
Looking good!
Swapped sausage into a deeper skillet and fried up pieces of bacon in the skillet the sausage had been cooked in.
Added tomato paste to the sausage skillet.
Added in marinara sauce to sausage.
Added about 1/3 cup water to sauce to thin a bit. Simmered for 10 mins.
Sprayed nonstick spray inside 13×9 and set up pots for assembly.
First layer, sauce w/ sausage spread on bottom.
Next layer is rotini pasta!
Top noodles with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Next layer is more sauce/sausage.
Continue the same layers until you run out of noodles and meat sauce. Put the bacon pieces on top, oh and more cheese please!
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 mins with foil on top. Remove foil and bake for another 7-10 mins until cheese is melted and bubbly!
Served with salad and garlic bread, yum!

Published by Melissa

A stay at home mom who loves to cook!

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