simple pasta bake

Simple Pasta Bake

Try this recipe for a hearty, no-boil broccoli sausage pasta bake that will make you rethink your weekly dinner routine! It’s made with crunchy broccoli and Italian sausage mixed into a marinara sauce sauce and perfectly cooked pasta, topped with a cheesy crust. Enjoy it with a hunk of homemade garlic bread!

Prep: 20Cook: 60Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 8 servings 1x


  • 1lb ground sausage
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 16oz box short cut pasta (rigatoni, ziti, penne)
  • 24oz jar red sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk (whole milk works best, creamy almond also does)
  • 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt + pepper
  • chopped fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook sausage according to package directions until no longer pink, crumble into small pieces. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a 9×13 or larger, add olive oil, diced shallot, diced garlic, and chopped broccoli. Layer on sausage, uncooked pasta noodles, red sauce, chicken stock, and milk. Sprinkle on 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
  4. Mix until all combined very well. Pressing down on noodles until mostly covered and coated in mixture.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Take off foil, add remaining cheese to the top, and bake an additional ten minutes. Optional, but for extra crispy, broil for an extra 5 minutes at the end.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh basil and let cool 15 minutes before serving.
Author: ErinCategory: dinner, lunch, meal prep, casseroleMethod: ovenCuisine: Italian