Cheesy Italian Sausage Bake Recipe

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
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
471 calories
43 g
57 g
24 g
20 g
10 g
267 g
909 g
7 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 471
Calories from Fat 213
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 57mg
Sodium 909mg
Total Carbohydrates 43g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 7g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  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
  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.
  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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  1. Eliz Frank
    March 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    Not only does that dish sizzle, your pictures are mouthwatering… I’ll take a few of those.

  2. March 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    Sounds and looks delicious. I like Italian sausage, so I’m going to give this recipe a try.

  3. March 14, 2014 at 6:03 am — Reply

    That looks so good. My husband would really enjoy it!

  4. March 14, 2014 at 9:04 am — Reply

    i make something very similar to this. it’s the kids favorite meal

  5. March 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    I love italian sausage and always have it on my pizza. I will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.

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