This is one of my favorite weekend treats to throw together. Pasta, sausage, cheese, cheese, and mo’ cheese. It ain’t much of a recipe, but sometimes the simplest of concoctions put the biggest smile on my face. You know what I mean?
Here’s what you’ll need:
Ingredients List for Three Cheese Sausage Pasta Bake (serves 5)
- 8 ounces pasta of choice, cooked al dente
- 3 cups pasta sauce of choice (such as Prego Heart Smart)
- 4 links cooked chicken or turkey sausage (such as Harris Teeter Hot Chicken Sausage)
- 4 slices mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup fat-free ricotta
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
- Italian herbs of choice
I like to start off with some sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. Prego is (and always has been) my go-to standard store pasta sauce. It tastes delicious, it’s super cheap, and you can buy it in a ginormous jar. What more could you want?
1/3 of the sauce goes into the casserole:
Then I toss on half of my pasta:
Plus two tablespoons of shredded parmesan and 1/4 cup fat-free ricotta:
Then I add the sliced sausages and sprinkle with my favorite Italian herb combo: oregano, basil, S&P, and a touch of red pepper flakes.
Add another cup of sauce, followed by the remaining pasta, then the last cup of sauce, 1/4 cup of ricotta, 2 tbsp parmesan, and 4 slices of mozzarella:
Cover with foil (careful that it doesn’t touch the cheese!!!). Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, removing the foil for the last 5 minutes.
Dinner is served!
Stats on 1 serving: 422 calories, 52g carbs, 11g fat, 30g protein, 5g fiber