Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

Looking for a pasta dinner to make in under 40 minutes?  This Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake is full of meat, veggies, and ooey, gooey cheese.

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake - meat and pasta topped with lots of ooey, gooey cheese for a comfort food dinner Do you ever lose time in stores?

If I go into Target, it will be a good hour before I come out…and that’s a quick trip.  Seriously, I think they put something in the air vents to keep you looking at all the cute stuff.


Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake - meat and pasta topped with lots of ooey, gooey cheese for a comfort food dinner

Now that my son is getting older, he is starting to realize that mom should not be allowed to go into stores by herself.  The other day I had to run a few errands…aka go to Target…so, I called him after school to see if they wanted to play at the community center while I went to the store.

He thought for a minute and then said, “No, it will be quicker if we go with you.”  WHAT?  When did that little stinker become so smart?

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake - meat and pasta topped with lots of ooey, gooey cheese for a comfort food dinner

I used to lose time whenever I would think about making dinner.

My mind would totally blank out…even if I was staring at cupboards full of options.  All of a sudden I would realize that I had been staring at the same thing for like minutes at a time.

I think it was just because I had gotten so used to only thinking about desserts.  All I could think of were different ways to make brownies, fudge, and cookies.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I still have plenty of those thoughts still going through my head.

Now the occasional dinner idea pops in and I just have to get in the kitchen and put it together before I forget it.

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake - meat and pasta topped with lots of ooey, gooey cheese for a comfort food dinner

This pasta dinner really is so easy to make.  You can chop your veggies and meat ahead of time and store them in ziplock bags or containers in the refrigerator.

You can even prep your noodles ahead of time if you like.  Just remember to drizzle a little bit of oil on the noodles to keep them from sticking.

Get the oven preheating while you sauté the veggies.   Add the meat, tomatoes, and half the cheese.  Once the cheese melts, you can spoon it into a baking dish.  Go ahead and top it with the rest of the cheese.  All that cheese will melt down and become absolutely delicious.

Get ready to lose some time when you start to eat this cheesy dinner.  Comfort food at its best!

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake - meat and pasta topped with lots of ooey, gooey cheese for a comfort food dinner

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Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

Chicken, sausage, and chopped veggies in a melted cheesy tomato sauce makes dinner delicious.

Ingredients

8 ounces pasta (penne)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced onions
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
2 cups packed fresh spinach leaves
1 1/2 cups cooked cubed chicken
1 1/2 cups fully cooked, sliced smoked sausage
1 - 28 ounce can diced Italian tomatoes, undrained
1 - 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
2 cups shredded Italian 5 Cheese blend

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the noodles are cooking, chop the veggies and meats. Drain the noodles and set aside. Drizzle with a little bit of oil to keep the noodles from sticking.
  2. Heat the oil up in a skillet. Add the onions and sauté for2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and spinach leaves. Heat until the leaves start to wilt. Add the chicken, sausage, tomatoes, green chilies, and 1 cup cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a greased 8x8 pan. Top with the rest of the cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Broil for 2 minutes to brown the top. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.
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Comments

  1. says

    You had me with the ooey gooey cheese :) That’s the best part of any meal for me!! Love how simple this is to make. I tend to have the same problem with dinners, why can’t I just feed everyone cookies for dinner?!? Thanks so much for giving me some different options! Hope you have a great weekend!
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  2. says

    Mmm, that looks fantastic. Simple and Easy! I can’t remember the last time I got to wander around Target by myself. I think it’s been over a year. I always have the husband or the kids and I’m always in and out with no time to wander. :(
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  3. says

    I waste so much time in stores that it’s maddening. I’ll go in the grocery store for what’s supposed to be less than 5 items and end up with more than my bags can hold! Target and Costco are really bad, too! I love this idea you came up with here — chicken, sausage, and cheesy pasta is a dish you just can’t go wrong with! It’s a family pleaser for sure. :)
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  4. says

    Oh Jocelyn, I’m definitely going through that “what-exactly-is-savory-food-and-how-do-I-cook-it-again??” phase right now. Just thinking about what to make for lunch and dinner makes me feel overwhelmed… And that’s really not healthy! I need to get out of my desserts/sweet breakfasts rut and find new inspirational to get back to cooking healthy savory dishes. Do you have any advice?? I’m all ears! :)
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  5. says

    I can never make a quick trip to Target either haha. Love this pasta bake – with all the ooey gooey cheese – oh my – this is definitely a meal my family would love!

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