Baked Sausage Penne

Recipe by IngridH
READY IN: 55mins




  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • In a large pot of boiling, salted water; cook the pasta just to al dente. You don't want it mushy, as it will cook more in the oven.
  • While pasta is cooking, brown the italian sausage in a saute pan over medium heat, breaking it up into small pieces.
  • Drain any accumulated grease and discard.
  • Add the marinara sauce, pesto, italian seasoning and chili flakes. Stir, and let simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 -6 minutes, until the sauce comes to a boil.
  • Taste, and add salt, pepper, or more italian seasoning as necessary.
  • Drain the cooked pasta, and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the sauce mixture and 3 ounces of the shredded cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Coat an 8 x 8 (or similar sized) baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place pasta mixture in the baking dish, spreading to fill the dish evenly.
  • Top with the reaining cheeses.
  • You could make ahead to this point, and refrigerate until you are ready to cook, but if so, your baking time will be longer.
  • Bake, uncovered at 350 for 20 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.