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Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake

Whether you're making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings


  • 16 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • 12 ounces spicy italian sausage
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 46 ounces pasta sauce I used 2 23-ounce jars
  • 8 ounces shredded italian cheese blend


  • Cook pasta according to instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water prior to draining pasta.
  • While pasta is cooking, cook sausage and onion over medium high heat in large skillet until sausage turns crumbly and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, stir, and allow to cook for a couple more minutes.
  • Add red wine to sausage and scrape bottom of skillet to remove any pieces that stuck to pan. Add pasta sauce and allow mixture to simmer over low heat until pasta is ready.
  • Combine cooked pasta and sauce in casserole dish. Add enough of the reserved pasta water to make the pasta barely moist. Top with shredded cheese, cover, and heat in preheated 400 degree F oven until cheese has melted, about 10 minutes. Serve hot.


Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 1220mg | Potassium: 686mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg