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A cheesy hot Italian pasta bake with a spiced savory and sweet marinara sauce, hot Italian flavors and plenty of cheese.

Cheesy Hot Italian Sausage Pasta Bake

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 16 oz. pasta
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 lb. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 15 oz. fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups mozzarella, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta till just before al dente
  2. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process
  3. Over medium high heat, saute garlic until fragrant
  4. Add sausage and stir to break up lumps. Cook until sausage is browned, about 5 minutes. Drain any excess fat
  5. Add in marinara sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, sugar and Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine. Simmer for 2 minutes
  6. Combine the pasta with the meat sauce, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Stir to mix
  7. Spoon pasta mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish
  8. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes
  10. Broil at 450 degrees F for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown
  11. Serve hot