Mom's Easy Cheesy 5-Ingredient Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe by 30Seconds Food

Mom's Easy Cheesy 5-Ingredient Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe

Five ingredients is all it takes to make a hearty pasta dinner for the family. This easy baked pasta casserole recipe is cheesy, meaty and on the table in no time.

Start by cooking the sausage in a skillet until browned and cooked through. Add the cooked pasta, half of the mozzarella cheese, half of the grated Parmesan cheese and spaghetti sauce or alfredo sauce. (Why not use half and half and make a pink sauce?) The mixture is baked in a 13x9-inch baking pan or similar size casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for about 30 minutes. Done.

Serve this easy, cheesy pasta casserole recipe for dinner with a salad and crusty bread. The leftovers reheat beautifully for dinner or lunch the next day.

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound fusilli, cooked according to package directions (or your favorite pasta)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage or ground beef (see Recipe Notes)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella (divided)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan (divided)
  • 1 jar (23 ounces) spaghetti sauce or alfredo sauce

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Recipe Notes

  • You can use any short pasta for this recipe that you'd like. Penne, rotini, rigatoni or bowties would all work well.
  • You could use both alfredo and spaghetti sauce (half and half) and make a pink sauce.
  • Italian sausage, ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken would work in this recipe. You could even use meatballs.
  • For added flavor, stir in some dried Italian seasoning.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks, until browned and cooked through. 
  2. Combine the sausage, cooked pasta, half the mozzarella, half the Parmesan and the spaghetti sauce in a 13x9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 30 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 633

Total Fat: 16.7g

Saturated Fat: 7.3g

Cholesterol: 30mg

Sodium: 2135mg

Total Carbohydrate: 97.7g

Dietary Fiber: 13g

Total Sugars: 39.3g

Protein: 23.6g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 245mg

Iron: 5mg

Potassium: 42mg

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Elisa Schmitz
I love pasta casseroles like this. Such delicious comfort food!
Wow, that’s yummy 😋
What a perfect fall recipe!
Nina Bigley-Robinson
Can it be cover or not covered to cook. it is not making this recipe today.
Donna John
Not covered. Hope you enjoy it!
Donna John
I made this with cut up Italian meatballs. Delicious! I used alfredo sauce and a little pizza sauce I had leftover. Nice dinner!

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