Baked Penne with Sausage & Ricotta Recipe

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This bakes up like lasagna or baked ziti. It's simple to make and everyone loves it. It's great for a dinner or potluck. My sister-in-law frequently asks me to bring this to her parties and it's always a big hit!

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Servings: 10-12


Cost per serving $1.24 view details
  • 16 oz box Penne, prepared according to package
  • 1 lb Italian Sweet Sausage cooked, sliced into 1/2 moons.
  • 1 - 28 oz jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (or homemade)
  • 1 - 24 oz can of Four cheese pasta sauce
  • 1 - 32 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 - 8 oz Mozzarella cheese, grated (1/2 cup reserved)
  • 1 - 8 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup reserved)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lg onion, diced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • salt, pepper, dry oregano and garlic powder to taste


  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. Cook pasta according to the package. Meanwhile cook the sausage in a lg pot.
  3. When sausage is close to done add the onions and green pepper, cook till tender then add minced garlic, cook 2 mins longer.
  4. Add the 2 sauces into the pot add your dry seasonings (salt,pepper, oregano, garlic powder to taste) simmer gently for 5 mins. Add fresh basil and turn off heat.
  5. In a lg baking dish add ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan mix well season with salt & pepper to taste
  6. Pour hot drained pasta into the cheese and stir till well mixed. Then add the sausage sauce (reserving 1-2 cups for the top). Stir sauce into pasta cheese mixture. Top with remaining sauce.
  7. Bake covered for 20-30 mins till bubbling. Top with remaining cheese and bake for another 10 mins till cheese is melted.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 182g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 499  
Calories from Fat 233 47%
Total Fat 26.01g 33%
Saturated Fat 11.94g 48%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 646mg 27%
Potassium 329mg 9%
Total Carbs 38.74g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 6%
Sugars 2.23g 1%
Protein 26.13g 42%



  • Smokinhotchef
    September 29, 2015
    Sounds delish! I love the combination of ricotta and sausage. Thanks for sharing.
    • judee
      May 28, 2015
      pasta dishes like this are usually a party pleaser.
      1 reply
      • Denise Sherin
        May 28, 2015
        yes it's always a hit! And depending on the menu I sometimes make it without the sausage for a meatless option.

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