Spicy Pasta Bake with Sausage
Baked pasta dishes are an easy go-to for a weeknight dinner, and our spicy recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Why This Recipe Works
Baked pasta is an easy, hearty weeknight recipe. In our Spicy Pasta Bake with Sausage, spicy chorizo sausage and Ro-Tel tomatoes—canned tomatoes with chopped green chiles—add a bit of heat, which cuts through the creamy sauce and cheese. Widely available kielbasa can be substituted if the imported Spanish chorizo isn’t available; the garlicky flavor and assertive spicing of the kielbasa are a close match. Preparing the sauce in the same pan used to brown the sausage allowed it to pick up any browned bits (called fond) left behind by the meat. They may not look like much, but they add valuable flavor to the sauce and punch up the flavor of our Spicy Pasta Bake with Sausage.