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
  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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Jeana Shandraw

Jeana Shandraw

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband's underwear drawer.

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  1. 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.

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

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. March 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm — Reply

    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!

  7. March 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    Yum, I love to jazz up pasta dishes with new meats! This looks very yummy and easy to do.

  8. March 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    Oh this looks so good. I love all things Italian, so I will be trying this!!!

  9. March 13, 2014 at 8:23 am — Reply

    Yum! I love pasta because it is such a quick thing to prepare on busy weeknights. This recipe looks awesome!

  10. March 13, 2014 at 7:10 am — Reply

    I just made a soup with italian sausage. I love your recipe. I’m going to try it this weekend.

  11. March 13, 2014 at 7:09 am — Reply

    We love spicy sausage in my household. Definitely a recipe to pin now, make later!

  12. March 13, 2014 at 6:26 am — Reply

    Oh, that looks so yummy. I know my husband would LOVE that!

  13. March 13, 2014 at 6:05 am — Reply

    I love zucchini paired with pasta. You have my stomach growling. This looks like a good dinner.

  14. March 13, 2014 at 4:34 am — Reply

    That looks so good, what a great recipe!

  15. March 13, 2014 at 4:18 am — Reply

    Holy cow!! That looks delish! My husband is a big pasta fan so we’ll have to try this. He’ll love the italian sausage in it too!

  16. March 13, 2014 at 3:43 am — Reply

    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!

  17. March 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm — Reply

    This looks so delicious I can t wait to try this and I know my boys would love this

  18. March 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm — Reply

    I would really love to try this Italian recipe! I almost have the same food everyday so I would say that this recipe would be a great way to add variety to my meal. :)

  19. March 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    I love that you included a kid friendly tip! This would be a great recipe to slip some veggies into!

  20. March 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm — Reply

    Yum! This looks like something my husband would eat up, no pun intended. I’ll certainly have to try it.

  21. March 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm — Reply

    I love baked pasta dishes. I would sub out the noodles for some wheat ones ans use turkey or chicken sausage

  22. March 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm — Reply

    OMG you are SO creative in the kitchen! I love this. Looks delicious – I really cannot wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

  23. March 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm — Reply

    I love the kid-friendly tip! I may actually sub out the sausage with beef just for me, since that’s just my preference.

  24. March 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm — Reply

    Love the extra cheesiness of the Velveeta. This looks delicious!

  25. March 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    Oh, this looks delicious! Now this is my kinda meal!

  26. March 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    I love the pasta recipes but I try to avoid them.. because I have no self control ! I will eat so many helpings and then the next day eat it for breakfast!

  27. March 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    Don’t do this to me when I am on a diet! That parmesan on top makes my crazy with hunger!

  28. March 12, 2014 at 9:58 am — Reply

    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!

  29. March 12, 2014 at 9:55 am — Reply

    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.

  30. March 12, 2014 at 8:47 am — Reply

    oh, I love sausage in recipes. this looks great. I also have to bring someone at church a meal next week I think I may go with this!

  31. March 12, 2014 at 7:16 am — Reply

    I agree, a warm and filling meal is perfect for those chilly nights. Kraft has so many great recipes in their Hub!

  32. March 12, 2014 at 7:01 am — Reply

    I love sausage and it is so easy to add to pasta for a filling meal.

  33. March 12, 2014 at 6:52 am — Reply

    My family would love this. Pasta and cheese are big hits.

  34. March 12, 2014 at 6:24 am — Reply

    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?!

  35. March 12, 2014 at 6:00 am — Reply

    This sounds delicious! I bet my kids would love it too! :)

  36. March 12, 2014 at 5:59 am — Reply

    Oh my husband would LOVE this. He loves italian sausage in his pasta :)

  37. March 12, 2014 at 5:50 am — Reply

    That sounds really good. Growing up, my mother made something similar. She’d make a baked ziti and throw some Italian sausages in there sometimes – depending on her mood :)

  38. March 12, 2014 at 5:29 am — Reply

    This looks yummy and so fresh! Cheese and spice are a combo I love!

  39. March 12, 2014 at 5:07 am — Reply

    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!!

  40. Maria
    March 12, 2014 at 5:03 am — Reply

    YUm!! This looks like a great weeknight meal for my family. Delish!

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