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Italian Mac and Cheese Bake

An Italian spin on mac and cheese!!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Mac and Cheese Bake, mac and cheese, tomato mac and cheese, baked mac and cheese, tomato sauce pasta bake
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gaby

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian sausage (hot or sweet), casings removed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 12 ounces pasta, cooked and drained (I used cavatappi)
  • 1 26-ounce jar Gaby’s Four Cheese Tomato Sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
  • fresh basil, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° In a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until seared and no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add onion, and garlic, and cook, stirring, until soft, 5 minutes more.
  • Add pasta, tomato sauce and season with salt. Stir in half-and-half and simmer until mostly absorbed, 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in half of mozzarella.
  • Transfer mixture to a large baking dish and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake until cheese is bubbly and golden, about 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with basil and serve.