Creamy Sausage Penne Bake

Cheesy Creamy Sausage Penne Bake is a simple, delicious and hearty dinner recipe. It makes a tasty and filling weeknight meal!

There is something so comforting about a plate of pasta. Creamy sausage penne bake served with homemade dinner rolls and a tasty salad hits all of the right notes! This is sure to make the weekly dinner rotation!

Creamy Sausage Penne Bake close up

You guys – we LOVE pasta!

That should be no surprise if you’ve been to the site before. We are constantly sharing delicious dinner recipes, and many of them happen to be pasta dishes. Usually some sort of meat is involved too, and today’s recipe has sausage. I admit I wasn’t a huge fan of sausage growing up, but fortunately my taste buds have changed and I LOVE it!

Creamy sausage penne bake was inspired by a recipe I spotted on Allrecipes a few months ago. It had cheese, pasta and sausage which was good enough reason for me to give it a try. I ended up changing a few things and ended up making it even better by adding some cream cheese. This dish was FANTASTIC! In fact, everyone who tried it (which includes my fam and a family from church) gave it rave reviews.

I’m not only about delicious recipes, but easy ones too and this one is very simple. I CANNOT wait to make this again – it was too good, which means it’s automatically on the monthly meal plan!

browning sausage in a skillet

Making Baked Penne with Sausage

PREP. Preheat oven to 350.

PASTA. Cook pasta as directed on box. Drain and set aside.

SAUCE. In a large pan, heat oil and cook sausage until brown. Add heavy cream, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, cream cheese and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes.

BAKE. Add cooked pasta to the sausage/tomato mixture and toss to coat. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake for 18-20 minutes. ENJOY!

tomatoes and sauce cooking in a skillet

Variations

  • Add drained sundried tomatoes
  • Mix in drained roasted red peppers
  • Add spinach leaves
  • Use whole grain pasta
  • Replace with turkey sausage
  • Incorporate more veggies

Creamy Sausage sauce in a skillet

Storing Info

STORE leftover pasta in the fridge in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove until warmed through. Make sure to cover the pasta when reheating to avoid the sauce splattering everywhere.

FREEZE this dish before or after baking. Make sure to freeze it in a freezer safe container like a foil container or a plastic Tupperware. Wrap it in multiple layers of foil to ensure that you don’t get freezer burn on your dish.

To bake for the first time from frozen I recommend letting it thaw overnight and then baking it like normal. If you bake it from frozen it will need to be baked for a longer amount of time. To reheat from frozen you can heat it in the oven until warmed through.

pasta added to the sauce in a skillet

Creamy Sausage Penne Bake in a skillet

 

Creamy Sausage Penne in a baking dish

 

Creamy Sausage Penne Bake topped with fresh basil in a glass baking dish

Creamy Sausage Penne Bake topped with fresh basil in a glass baking dish

scoop of cheesy Creamy Sausage Penne Bake

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Creamy Sausage Penne Bake Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Cheesy Creamy Sausage Penne Bake is a simple, delicious and hearty dinner recipe. It makes a tasty and filling weeknight meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 1173 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 14.5 oz tomatoes diced
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cook pasta as directed on box. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pan, heat oil and cook sausage until brown. Add heavy cream, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, cream cheese and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add cooked pasta to the sausage/tomato mixture and toss to coat. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake for 18-20 minutes. ENJOY!

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Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for my family last night. Sautéed some green peppers and onions with the sausage. Turned out fabulous!