Sausage Pasta Bake – Spicy and Creamy

February 1, 2018 (Last Updated: January 25, 2019)

An easy sausage pasta bake made with Italian sausages, tomatoes, red pepper flakes and garlic. Ready from start to finish in under 30 minutes, it’s so simple and perfect for weeknights. Topped with bubbling, melted mozzarella cheese it’s a comfort food favourite!

I give you more cheese and pasta…

Sausage pasta bake made with rigatoni pasta in an oval baking dish with melted mozzarella

Because I can’t help myself, I’m back with more cheesy pasta in the form of this spicy, creamy sausage pasta bake. I’ve been making this pasta bake for as long as I can remember and it never fails to hit the spot. It’s just so easy (cheesy) and comforting and when I need a quick weeknight dinner recipe, this is one I reach for quite often.

Sometimes I’ll switch it up and leave out the mascarpone and add a splash of red wine and more spices such as fresh red chilli and fennel seeds. You could also substitute the sausages for zucchini or eggplant (aubergine) if you’re looking for a meat free version.

How To Make A Sausage Pasta Bake – Step By Step

Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta roughly 3 minutes under-cooked (it will then be cooked in the oven). Important: reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water for the sauce.

Squeeze the sausage meat out of the skin and brown it in a pan (no need for added olive oil). Once browned add the chopped garlic, red pepper flakes and oregano (photos 1-3).

Step by step photos for making a sausage pasta bake

Fry the garlic and spices for 1 minute then add the pureed tomatoes (passata) along with the reserved pasta water. Simmer the sauce for around 5 minutes then turn off the heat and add the mascarpone. Stir it into the tomato sauce (photos 4-6).

Add the drained pasta into the sauce and mix it until completely coated. Transfer it to an ovenproof baking dish, top with mozzarella and bake until the cheese is bubbling and golden (photos 8-9).

Cheeeesy goodness!

a close up shot of a sausage pasta bake with melted mozzarella in a large dish

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Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake

A creamy and silky tomato sauce with a kick, delicious Italian sausages bursting with flavour, rigatoni pasta and bubbling melting mozzarella cheese. This spicy sausage pasta bake is comfort food at it’s best.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 603
Author Emily Kemp



  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F/gas mark 4.. Bring a pot of salted water a boil and boil the pasta around 3 minutes less than advised on the packet instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup (125ml) of pasta water.
  • Squeeze the sausages out of their skins and brown in the pan on a medium heat. Add the finely chopped garlic, chili flakes, and oregano. Stir into the sausages and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the passata (pureed tomatoes) along with the reserved pasta water and a good pinch of salt and pepper, simmer for around 5 minutes. 
  • Turn the heat off and add the mascarpone, stir the sauce until the mascarpone is mixed in thoroughly.
  • Drain the pasta and add to the sauce, mix until it's completely coated. Transfer the pasta to an ovenproof baking dish and top with mozzarella. Bake in the oven for around 7-8 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted and bubbling. Serve with torn basil (optional).



  • Try replacing the sausages with zucchini or eggplant (aubergine) for a veggie version.
  • To make this pasta bake lighter you can leave out the mascarpone and add an extra 1/2 cup (125ml) of reserved pasta water.
  • Try replacing the macarpone with a splash of red wine.
  • Fresh red chilli and fennel seeds are great additions.


Calories: 603kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 524mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1085IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
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  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    February 4, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I love pasta bakes! This recipe looks delicious with the sausage!

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    Helene D'Souza
    February 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    YES! This is my kind of dinner meal. I am all over it right now and started to think if I shouldn’t just make sausage pasta bake for dinner. =D

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    debi at Life Currents
    February 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    This will be a great dinner for next week. I’m starting my menu now. Yum!

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    Lily I Benstrends
    February 2, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Good suggestion in adding red chili and fennel seeds for a different flavor. So easy to prepare, perfect for all occasions especially this Valentines 🙂

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    February 2, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    This looks amazing! Definitely a dish to make everyone happy. 🙂

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    Brittany Poulson
    February 2, 2018 at 1:42 am

    This looks so easy to make! I love one pan meals because they are easy to clean up, too! And yes to all the cheese and pasta!

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    February 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Love pasta and this is perfect for my weekend cheat day while watching Netflix movie marathon.

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    February 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I didn’t expect to see marscapone in this recipe to add a touch of creaminess. I love a nice, comforting pasta dish!

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    February 1, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    What perfectly delicious comfort food – my family would love this, we love a pasta bake.

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    Jacque Hastert
    February 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I love a little spice with my dinner.

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    September 8, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Brilliant recipe, very tasty!

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    August 29, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Love a good pasta bake this looks so yummy!

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    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    September 28, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I was having trouble concentrating after I read that you moved to Italy! My mother is from Naples, and it’s my dream to own a vacation home in Italy. Anyway, I’m intrigued by the mascarpone in this recipe! I bet it adds a nice richness.

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      September 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Oh wow I bet you had some amazing meals growing up!! Yes exactly it gives the pasta such a great flavour.

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    September 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    This is lovely. My family would be excited for dinner for sure! I can’t wait to try it!

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    Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
    September 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Such a perfect cold winter night splurge food. Gorgeous!

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    September 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    how yummy! That pasta looks huge and delicious!

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    Platter Talk
    September 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    That’s a delicious looking dish! Love Italian food. Thanks.

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