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Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake is a five ingredient dinner recipe that is so full of flavor from a special ingredient - jarred Giardiniera pepper mix!

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

When it comes to family dinners, there are two things that I know my kids will pretty much always eat: pasta and chicken sausage links. I decided to combine the two to make this super flavorful and easy weeknight dinner - Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake! To my delight, this dinner was gobbled up by everyone, with Emma and Soren even asking for seconds. That's a weeknight dinner win in my book!

Not only was this enjoyed by everyone, but it was so easy to make. It's essentially a dump-and-bake recipe once the pasta is cooked. There is one fun ingredient that added so much flavor to the dish without any extra work and that is Giardiniera Chicago Style Pepper Mix. I used the mild version because, kids, but if you like things a bit spicier, use the hot kind!

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

What You'll Need

As mentioned above, this recipe only requires FIVE ingredients!

  • Italian Chicken Sausage - you can use regular Italian sausage, but I would recommend using the pre-cooked sausage that you can cut into slices.
  • Marinara - I always use Rao's marinara - it has such great flavor!
  • Penne Pasta - really any kind of short noodled pasta would work
  • Giardiniera - this is found canned, near the pickled vegetables/pickles/olives typically. I used a mild Chicago-style giardiniera which has peppers, onions, and olives. It adds a ton of flavor without any work!
  • Italian cheese - I use pre-shredded Italian cheese that is a combination of Parmesan, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses.
Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

How to Make Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

Like I said, this recipe is SO easy!

Start by cooking the pasta to al dente. While the pasta is cooking, slice the Italian chicken sausage into bite-sized pieces. Really, this is up to your preference on how large you slice them. I like doing a diagonal slice.

Once the pasta is cooked, simply combine the pasta, marinara, chicken sausage, giardinera, and some of the Italian cheese. Transfer it to a baking dish and then top with the rest of the cheese.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes and then serve! So easy and delicious.

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Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake is a five ingredient dinner recipe that is so full of flavor from a special ingredient - jarred Giardiniera pepper mix! 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 543kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces penne pasta
  • 12 ounces Italian chicken sausage links (4-5 links) sliced
  • 20 ounces marinara
  • 1 cup Giardiniera Chicago Pepper Mix drained from excess oil
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, slice the chicken sausage and drain the Giardiniera.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chicken sausage, marinara, Giardiniera, and 1 cup of Italian cheese.
  • Dump into a 9x9" baking dish (or something similar) and top with remaining cup of cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the pasta baked should be bubbling.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 2089mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 609IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg
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