Cheesy Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

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Oh man friends. This Cheesy Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake couldn’t be easier or more delicious!

Cheesy Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake from (@whatsgabycookin)

Cheesy Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake is truly one of the most comforting and easy weeknight meals to put together. You know I love a recipe that only has 4 steps in the directions. Speaking my language!

Quickly bake some rigatoni or ziti, add it to some cooked sausage, and then make a quick tomato sauce with herbs, cream and onions… ugh it’s truly perfection. Into the oven and then it’s time for dinner. I’ve been serving it with this butter lettuce salad that compliments just about every dish in the world!

Cheesy Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake from (@whatsgabycookin)

If you need some more pasta bakes – I’ve got ya covered:

Cheesy Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

4.4 from 12 votes
This Cheesy Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake is truly one of my favorite weeknight meals when I'm needing something flavorful, fast and comforting!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 lb rigatoni or ziti
  • 1 lb sweet italian chicken sausage
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella cut into bite sized pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350ยฐ.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta, and set it aside.
  • Remove the casings from the sausage. In a large skillet, combine the sausage, onion, and herbs over medium heat until browned, for about 10 minutes until the meat is golden brown. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds before adding the crushed tomatoes and heavy cream and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Combine cooked pasta and sausage mixture, and the shredded mozzarella and stir to combine. Place the pasta mixture in a large casserole dish. Top with the fresh mozzarella and bake for 30 minutes until bubbly. Serve immediately.


Ziti is the classic shape for baked pasta, but you can use any short pasta you’d like.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 767kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 934mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 4mg


  1. Haha this is amazing. I am a huge Bachelor fan and follow Zack’s blog religiously! I created some Bachelor-themed cupcakes for the start of this season. Together with this, they would make a great slut and glut comfort meal! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is so fun! I love the bachelor love fest collaboration! And this is totally the kind of baked pasta dish I love! You have a new follower ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I finally gave up on bachelor when I got so tired of him or her going for the wrong gal or guy (e.g. Jake and Vienna). Instead of a fairy tale it was a train wreck! Plus, I couldn’t handle the abuse from the men in my family ๐Ÿ™

  4. Gaby- Could you substitute lean ground turkey instead of the italian sausage (can’t find it where i live?) and get the same result?

  5. Hi Gaby!
    I’m thinking of making this for a friend of mine who’s about to have a baby. If I made it the night before and left it unbaked, would it keep in the fridge overnight? I’m trying to find something I can take and she can bake herself.

  6. 5 stars
    Was looking for a cheesy pasta bake situation for this chilly rainy fall day and stumbled across this. Delicious!

  7. 4 stars
    This tasted so so yummy!
    I used beyond spicy italian sausage and added chopped bell pepper (daughter is vegetarian) followed recipe exact, and have plenty for leftovers too. The whole family loved it!
    Was asked to add this to the rotation!

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