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Cheesy Pasta Bake

Cheesy pasta bake

This cheesy pasta bake represents comfort food at its finest with three types of cheese, spicy Italian sausage, and a hint of garlic.  

Thank you to culinary, fashion, and lifestyle blogger Lauren Nolan, @lakeshorelady, for this recipe.

Instax of a cheesy pasta bake in a baking dish next to Chinet Classic napkins


  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  • 2

    Cook pasta until just al dente.

  • 3

    Heat olive oil in a pot or Dutch oven. Remove the sausage from the casings and add in. Break up the meat as it cooks.

  • 4

    Add onion and garlic to the meat, along with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

  • 5

    When the onion starts to soften, add the crushed tomatoes.

  • 6

    Stir in a few handfuls of spinach and bring the sauce to a simmer.

  • 7

    After simmering for about 10 minutes, stir in 1/3 cup ricotta cheese. Taste again and add more salt, pepper, and/or red pepper flakes to your liking.

  • 8

    Stir the cooked pasta into the sauce.

  • 9

    Transfer 1/3 of the pasta to a baking dish.

  • 10

    Top with a dusting of parmesan cheese, a few small dollops of ricotta, and shredded mozzarella cheese.

  • 11

    Repeat this again with more pasta/ricotta/parmesan/mozzarella, then a final layer of pasta followed by a final bit of mozzarella cheese.

  • 12

    Bake the pasta for 20 minutes until the cheese on top is melted. Broil on low for 1-2 minutes if you like the top a little crisp. Watch carefully to avoid burning.

  • 13

    Serve on Chinet Classic® plates.