Sausage and pasta make a delicious authentic Italian dish. You can mix your choice of ingredients to make a meal that is customized to your liking.
The recipe we have here is a terrific blend of pasta, tomato sauce, sausage, sweet peppers and cheese all baked together in a casserole. Read on to find out how you can enjoy this meal in your home.
Smoked Sausage Pasta Bake
The recipe we have here will work with the pasta of your choice. 12 ounces of cavatelli, rigatoni or rotini are recommended.
Start by cooking the pasta according to package directions and drain well.
Return pasta to pan. Then stir in 1 (26-28 oz.) jar of spicy tomato sauce, 6 oz of cooked smoked sausage halved lengthwise and sliced, ¾ cup bottled and roasted red sweet peppers drained and coarsely chopped.
Spoon the mixture into a greased casserole dish and sprinkle with 1 cup shredded or provolone cheese.
Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
This is a great dish because you can play around with the ingredients to customize them to make the taste to your liking. You can use different kinds of cheeses and pasta as recommended in the recipe.
To make the dish even more unique, you can experiment with different kinds of sauces and veggies. You can even use different types of sausage to give the recipe your own spin.
Another nice thing about this meal is that it does not require any additional sides. With all food groups represented, there is not much else you need to do to make a complete dish.
The flavorings also meld together perfectly to make a meal with ingredients that complement each other with a bit of all the flavors in every bite.
Smoked Sausage and Pasta
There are a few ways to prepare sausage but smoking is a great way to give it a rich, smoky taste.
Most sausages will taste good smoked but those that really benefit from this form of preparation include the following:
- Italian sausage
- Boudin Blanc
- Breakfast sausage
There are also some types of sausages that are pre-smoked at the factory but taste great with a fresh coat of smoke. Polies, kielbasa, and hot dogs will all taste better with this type of preparation.
To smoke the hot dogs, preheat your smoker or grill to 225 degrees. Put the sausages on the indirect side of the grill and add wood to the direct heat side after the meat goes on. The meat should be cold as cold surfaces attract smoke. There will be no need to turn the meat.
Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. This should not take more than an hour.
Not only do smoked sausages have a great, rich taste; they are also pasteurized so they will keep longer in the refrigerator or freezer.
Any type of sausage can be smoked, but for this meal, the Italian sausage is recommended. This is a pork sausage that is usually seasoned with fennel.
In some instances, hot red pepper flakes will be added to the sausage to give it a kick. If this is the case, sausages will be considered hot.
If sweet basil is added, sausages will be considered sweet.
We recommend Italian sausage for this meal because it will complement the other ingredients, like pasta, tomato sauce, cheese, and red pepper, perfectly to give it an authentic Italian taste.Print
The recipe we have here is a terrific blend of pasta, tomato sauce, sausage, sweet peppers and cheese all baked together in a casserole.
- 12 ounces cavatelli, rigatoni or rotini pasta
- 1– 26 to 28 ounce jar purchased spicy tomato pasta sauce
- 6 ounces cooked smoked sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced
- ¾ cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers; drained and coarsely chopped
- 1 cup shredded provolone or mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well.
- Return pasta to pan.
- Stir sauce, sausage, and roasted peppers into pasta, tossing gently to coat.
- Spoon pasta mixture into four greased 14 to 16-ounce casseroles.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake in a 375°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and pasta mixture is heated through.
- Prep Time: 10 Minutes
- Cook Time: 20 Minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: smoked sausage pasta bake, smoked sausage and pasta