Cheesy Baked Pasta Recipe


This cheesy baked pasta recipe combines orecchiette pasta with sausage, broccoli rabe, and a creamy marinara sauce. The secret ingredient is cream cheese! The bake is finished with grated Parmesan cheese to create a bubbling, golden crust.

Cheesy baked pasta served in a dutch oven.
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (12-oz.) package orecchiette pasta

  • 1 head broccoli (8 oz.), cut into 1-in. pieces (3 cups)

  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 2 cups marinara sauce (from 1 [24-oz.] jar)

  • 4 oz. cream cheese

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta in generously salted water according to package directions in a large pot, adding broccoli during final 2 minutes cook time. Drain; return pasta and broccoli to pot. Cook sausage in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high, stirring often and breaking up sausage with a wooden spoon, until cooked through and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add sausage, marinara sauce, cream cheese, and salt to pasta mixture in pot; stir to combine. Return mixture to skillet; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until golden and bubbly, 15 to 18 minutes.

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