Italian sausage and pepper baked pasta is the perfect cheesy comfort food for the winter. 

Italian sausage and pepper baked pasta is the perfect cheesy comfort food for the winter |

The amount of pasta recipes on my blog is pretty disproportionate to the amount of pasta I actually eat. I swear, sometimes it’s all I eat for an entire week. Everyone loves pasta, it’s just such a simple dish to cook and can be made into so many different meals, but baked pastas like this recipe, will always hold a special place in my heart.

I actually haven’t posted a new pasta recipe since June 2017, which if you ask me, is way too long. But then again, there are so many recipes that I’m working on all the time (a friend asked me the other day how many recipes I have on the go at once, and it was almost 30 recipes!). Because I test my recipes a number of times so that they work for you, I tend to spread out my recipe testing as much as possible.

The last thing I want is to be eating Italian sausage and pepper pasta for a month straight. Even though it’s delicious, I promise.

Italian sausage and pepper baked pasta is the perfect cheesy comfort food for the winter |

For this recipe, I use my homemade 20-minute marinara sauce, but you could definitely use your favourite store bought version as well. But, if you have an extra 20 minutes, I definitely recommend trying mine, you’ll never go back. Along with marinara sauce, this recipe uses red bell peppers and spicy Italian sausage, cheese and a sprinkling of fresh basil.

This pasta recipe is one of those dishes with such simple ingredients, you’ll be shocked at just how good it is.

Yields 4-6 servings

Italian Sausage and Pepper Baked Pasta

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 hot Italian sausage links, thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp hot chili flakes
  • 2 3/4 cup or 680-ml can marinara sauce
  • 454g pkg. rigatoni pasta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil


  1. Preheat oven to 350F, and cook pasta 1-2 minutes less than indicated.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, cook sausage for 5 minutes, flipping halfway through, remove from pan and set aside. Add bell peppers, cook another 5 minutes. Add sausage, sauce and chill flakes. Toss cooked pasta with sauce, dump into 9x13" oven-proof baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh basil, serve.

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