cheesy italian sausage bake 2Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 2.30.40 PMI don’t know about you, but the most comforting thing to me when I’m cold is a filling, warm meal. As winter turns into spring, we have beautiful warm summer-like days but there is still a bit of chill in the air at night. Over the weekend was a perfect example 80’s beach days with chilly early spring nights. When Ben asked what the plan was for dinner Saturday night, I browsed through the Kraft Foods Hub and found some inspiration from the VELVEETA® Italian Sausage Bake Recipe and created this!

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cheesy italian sausage bake 3 - Cheesy Italian Sausage Bake Recipe
Cheesy Italian Sausage Bake
cheesy italian sausage bake 3 - Cheesy Italian Sausage Bake Recipe
Serves 8
If you could mix comfort in a casserole and serve it up hot, it would taste like this.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 12oz box penne pasta, uncooked
  2. 1 lb. Italian sausage links, sliced
  3. 1/2 tsp olive oil
  4. 1 1/2 cups halved zucchini slices
  5. 1 cup sweet mini pepper, chopped
  6. 1 cup onion, chopped
  7. 1 cup mushroom, sliced
  8. 1 cup tomato, chopped
  9. 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  10. 1 jar (14 oz.) pizza sauce
  11. 1/4 lb. (4 oz.) VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  12. 1/2 cup KRAFT mozzarella, shredded
  13. 1/2 cup KRAFT shredded Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. COOK pasta about 3 minutes less than as directed on package, omitting salt. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, brown sausage in large deep skillet on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to cook both sides.
  4. Add olive oil, vegetables, garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in pizza sauce; cook 2-3 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in VELVEETA, mozzarella and pasta; mix lightly.
  7. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with non-stick baking/cooking spray.
  8. Top with Parmesan.
  9. BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until heated through.
Notes
  1. Kid Friendly Tips: Prepare as directed, substituting 1 lb. lean ground beef for the sausage and 1 cup each shredded carrots and zucchini for the 3 cups sliced zucchini. Also, try using a fun pasta shape, such as wagon wheels.
Adapted from Kraft
Adapted from Kraft
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40 comments

  1. I actually made a similar dish the other night and it was such a big hit with the family! Your Cheesy Italian Sausage Bake Recipe looks really good!

  2. Your recipe looks delicious! I make pasta at least once a week, but I usually use ground beef. I’m going to give this a try to switch things up!

  3. I love anything with sausage in it. This has a lot of flavors packed in it but seems simple to make. I could whip this up in no time for dinner this week!

  4. I make something similar but with spinach – I love that you have zucchini, peppers and mushrooms in yours! I am pinning this, it’s making my mouth water.

  5. This looks like a meal from Olive Garden – though I am sure it’s much cheaper. Plus, it would give us leftovers for a day or two. What’s not to love?!

  6. This looks SO good. My husband is a huge sausage fan, so I know if I made this he would be head over heels in love with it! Thanks for the recipe, gonna have to make it for him!!

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