Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage

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Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage
Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage - presented in a casserole dish but made on the stove top.

We are great fans of the baked pasta concept and whether it’s lasagna, pasta al forno, or cannelloni we can’t imagine a better way to prepare pasta.  However, baked pasta requires two steps; namely, cooking the pasta and thereafter  baking the pasta along with cheese, ricotta, tomato sauce, etc.  If a two step pasta dish isn’t in your playbook or weeknight timeline but you still desire the baked pasta flavor, then skip the baking and simply combine the ingredients in a large pot on the stovetop.

Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage
Melting the cheese on the stove top - Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage
Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage
Close up of the sausage and cheese

The key to our Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage  dish is to cook your pasta (preferably a short pasta shape such as penne, rigatonoi, ziti, etc; we used De Cecco’s shape entitled “Gnocchi”) al dente and then combine the cheese, meat, tomato sauce, and pasta in a large pot (making sure the pot has a medium flame) until melted cheese perfection is achieved.    Using the best quality dry pasta you can buy will ensure wonderful results, as would using a homemade mozzarella and sausage from a reputable Italian market.

Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage
 
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Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of any short pasta shape (we used a De Cecco shape called, "gnocchi"
  • 2-3 cups of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of diced whole milk mozzarella
  • 2-3 links of Italian sausage (casing removed and crumbled)
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup of grated
Process
  1. Cook the pasta al dente. In a small fry pan, remove the sausage from the casing and cook for 15-20 minutes or until sausage is broken down and crispy.
  2. In the same pot that the pasta was cooked in, add the tomato sauce and then the pasta - keep a low to medium flame going. After 3-5 minutes, add the mozzarella and stir well. Add the grated cheese and stir well. Add the basil and sausage and stir.
  3. Serve immediately.

Stove Top Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Sausage
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