Sausage & Zucchini Bake

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Zucchini and sausage is such a great flavor combination. Add in some pasta and three cheeses and you have a great meal. Sausage & Zucchini Bake is a delicious weeknight meal that the whole family will devour. All the cheese and pasta is also a great way to get kids (who maybe normally wouldn’t) eat zucchini and love it.

Sausage & Zucchini Bake

This is also one of those meals that works great for freezing for later. If you need to make a few dinners for those extra busy night – this one is it. It would also be so well received on a meal train for a friend, family or colleague that needs the help. If you plan to do this, do not bake it ahead of time. Just combine in the bowl and then transfer to a foil baking dish and cover with clingwrap and then foil and chill prior to delivering. If they are preparing it right away just have them remove the clingwrap and back for 45 minutes at 400degF. If it is to be frozen, it will need to be thawed for about 4 hours then baked as directed above.

Sausage & Zucchini Bake

I love to use Barilla’s Cellentani for bakes like this. It has does such a great job of holding the creamy goodness of the ricotta but it also holds up against the zucchini and sausage. If you can’t find that particular cut of pasta, you can use rotini, gemelli, or penne. I would not suggest that you use elbow or shells as they might not hold up as well.

Sausage & Zucchini Bake

A nice garlic bread would be good with this meal. I like to get a sourdough baguette and cut it into 4 even piece, then cut in half lengthwise. Then I melt some butter, add in some garlic powder and parsley, then brush it over the bread. Bake it at 425degF for about 7 minutes. Crispy but not to hard to eat.

Sausage & Zucchini Bake

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Sausage & Zucchini Bake

With three cheeses mingling with pasta, sausage and zucchini, this bake is a win.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword baked pasta, Italian Sausage, mozzarella, Parmesan, Pasta, ricotta, zucchini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Italian Sausage Links
  • 1 lb Short Pasta cellantini, rotini, penne
  • 3 Medium Zucchini halved and sliced
  • 2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 32 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups Parmesan Cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Start water boiling for pasta. Once boiling, add pasta and cook for half of the cook time. Then drain in colander.
  • In a large frying pan over medium-heat, add Italian sausage links. Cook on each side for 6 minutes. Remove to cutting board and let rest for a few minutes before cutting into 1-inch coins.
  • Preheat oven to 400degF.
  • In a bowl, combine zucchini, broth, ricotta, onion, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, half of parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Add par-cooked pasta and cut sausage. And stir to coat.
  • Transfer to 13×9 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

3 thoughts on “Sausage & Zucchini Bake

  1. Donna Reidland – I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, and Biblical counselor. I love sharing God's truth, hopefully in ways that will help you in your walk with God. I'm certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, but mostly I'm just a sister in Christ. To read more about me visit my "about me" page. My story may surprise you.
    Donna Reidland says:

    I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Hubby would like this. Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 77. Pinned.

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