July 26, 2011

Cheesy Pasta Bake

Ah, another made up recipe ala Dee! This is pantry/freezer foraging at it's best! I was inspired by Cooking with Chrissy.  Go check out her fabulous blog, you won't be sorry!  I had similar ingredients that she called for in her Cheesy Tortellini Bake recipe.  With a few tweaks I could make it happen.  For the win, I discovered a very quick and easy marinara sauce!

Cheesy Pasta Bake

Yields 4 very hungry people or 2 dinners!

For the Quick Marina:
1 pound spicy ground sausage
1/4 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can crushed basil tomatoes, including liquid

3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
24 oz. box of rotini
1 cup ricotta cheese
6 slices of provolone - diced

Preheat oven to 350.

For the Quick Marinara:
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sausage, and cook, stirring constantly, until sausage is browned; drain. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Turn heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.

Meanwhile; cook pasta according to package directions.

Combine the marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and pasta and basil in a large bowl.  Pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Top with diced provolone.

Cover with foil, and bake for 20-30 minutes until the pasta is heated all the way through. Then remove the foil, and bake for an additional 10 minutes until the cheese on top is melted.

~ Enjoy!


  1. What a lovely post! Looks soo.. yummy! Great shots too:) Thanks for sharing!
    Friend, I would love to see you on my blog:)

  2. I love pasta! What a great easy recipe!

  3. Ohh I love this recipe!! Your pasta bake looks incredible and the spicy sausage is the perfect addition, yummy!!

  4. Anonymous26.7.11

    Oh this one's such a lovely pasta recipe.. rich marinara sauce with basil! yum!

    Oh, btw, I'd like to invite you to join Weekday Potluck Meme and link up your food entries for the week! :)

  5. cheesey pasta bake sounds perfect for family dinner!! whoohoo! :D

  6. Looks good girl. I love the way you labelled the yields. So cute.

  7. Oh my gosh Dee! You and Chrissy with your cheesy Italian dishes! I am so in the mood for this pasta right now!!! : )

  8. You are doing much better with the freezer/pantry foraging than I am!

  9. This looks so ooey, gooey, delicious - the ricotta, basil and spicy sausage sound delightful!

  10. Yummy! I love anything with the word 'cheesy' in the title :)This looks really, really good! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. There is nothing better than pasta and cheese :) This looks so comforting!

  12. Anonymous27.7.11

    I really love pasta and yours looks like comfort food to the max..in one word...YUM

  13. Oooh, my daughter would love this yummy, cheesy dish! And so would I~

  14. Anonymous27.7.11

    Dee - this looks amazing! I have to think about the Vegan blog hop party...I don't know of any vegan dishes...I'll keep hunting!

  15. Dee - thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I"m glad we both share a love of the mighty rhubarb. ;)

    As for this dish it's right up my alley. I love a good comfort food like this casserole! Looks delicious!!


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