Vegetarian Sausage Pasta Bake

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This easy vegetarian sausage pasta bake is so cheesy and comforting. With a rich tomato sauce, your favourite brand of vegetarian sausages and plenty of mozzarella.

This pasta bake is such wonderful comfort food.

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Are we still allowed to be eating comfort food in April? I’m saying yes because after a faint glimmer of hope last weekend when I went out without a jacket (!) the weather here has dropped back down to miserable temperatures with no let up in sight.

So we’re still going with comfort food until further notice. 

Since cutting back on meat we’ve been trying more and more dishes with vegetarian sausages replacing what would normally take up the meat portion of the dish.

Whether it’s a classic like toad in the hole or a simple sausage bake that’s perfect for a quick brunch or dinner. And now I’m making another classic with this sausage pasta bake!

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Why we love this vegetarian sausage pasta bake:

  • Stating the obvious but it’s vegetarian which means we can eat it during the week when we’re avoiding meat and it’s just as filling and satisfying as the meaty alternative
  • It’s filling and comforting perfect for cold weather dinners but also great for a hearty family meal which everyone is guaranteed to love
  • This pasta bake is also so easy to make so it’s great for a busy weeknight while still delivering big on flavour
  • Finally if you’re really missing the meat then you could totally switch the veggie ones out for a meat sausage super easily
  • If you’d like to up the veg content you could easily add extra vegetables to this pasta bake. Spinach or kale would be delicious

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Vegetarian Sausage Pasta Bake Ingredients:

All you need to create this simple pasta bake is:

  • Vegetarian Sausages: Use whatever brand you prefer, I went with the Linda McCartney Red Onion and Rosemary ones
  • Onion and Garlic
  • Chopped Tomatoes: I use two tins because I like this pasta bake to be super saucy
  • Tomato Puree: For that extra hit of tomato flavour
  • Dried Herbs: I use oregano and thyme 
  • Vegetable Stock: Store bought or homemade 
  • Pasta: I used fusilli but use whatever short cut you prefer
  • Cheddar: Grated for topping
  • Mozzarella: Torn over the top of the pasta

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How to make sausage pasta bake (step by step):

To make this pasta bake all you need to do is:

  1. Cook the sausages and pasta: Cook the sausages according to packet instructions and put water on to boil the pasta
  2. Make the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a saucepan or frying pan, fry the onion then the garlic cloves and the herbs. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and simmer until thickened. Cook the pasta.
  3. Make the pasta bake: Put the pasta, sauce and sausages in a large baking dish, mix then top with the cheese and bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is browned.

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Expert tips for making this sausage pasta bake:

  • To make the cooking process efficient make sure you start off by cooking the sausages and the pasta before starting the sauce. It involves a bit of multi tasking but it makes the whole dinner come together as quickly as possible
  • Feel free to mix up what herbs you want to add to your sauce if you don’t have oregano or thyme, fresh basil would also be delicious
  • This pasta bake works great as a base recipe which you can add whatever vegetables you like to if you want to up the veg content
  • If you prefer pork sausages then feel free to switch the veggie sausages for your favourite meat ones
  • This recipe is great for batch cooking, the recipe below makes 6 servings but feel free to multiply for meal prep
  • This sausage pasta bake freezes really well, simple portion into containers and freeze. When ready to eat defrost thoroughly then heat in the microwave
  • You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • You can reheat in an overproof container, covered with foil, at 200°C/400°F for 15 minutes or in the microwave
  • Make this recipe gluten free by getting gluten free pasta and sausages

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Vegetarian Sausage Pasta Bake

This easy vegetarian sausage pasta bake is so cheesy and comforting. With a rich tomato sauce, your favourite brand of vegetarian sausages and plenty of mozzarella.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 517kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 6 Vegetarian Sausages
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 100 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 500 g Pasta
  • 60 g Cheddar grated
  • 125 g Mozzarella torn

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Cook the vegetarian sausages according to packet instructions. Slice and set aside. Put water on to boil for the pasta.
  • Heat the olive oil over a medium heat and add the onion, cook until softened then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the oregano, thyme and chopped tomatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the pasta and place in a baking dish with the vegetarian sausages, mix. Pour over the tomato sauce and mix again, sprinkle over the cheddar and mozzarella. Place in the oven and cook until the cheese is melted and browned, about 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Sausage Pasta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 517 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 887mg37%
Potassium 512mg15%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 14.6mg18%
Calcium 248mg25%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
 
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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Chris Collins
    09/04/2019 at 9:43 AM


    I’m a sucker for a pasta bake and I’m totally with you that we can still eat them in April!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    09/04/2019 at 9:53 AM

    Sausage pasta bake is total comfort food. So many different things you can add in to it too.

  • Reply
    Nicolas Hortense
    09/04/2019 at 10:51 AM

    I have tried vegetarians sausages once by themselves, I like them but I think they’d be so much better with the way you prepared them. Mixing them through cheesy pasta (:

  • Reply
    Rosa
    09/04/2019 at 11:06 AM


    Um yes! Comfort food is totally acceptable in April, and in May, June, July…etc. This looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Katherine Hackworthy
    09/04/2019 at 11:43 AM


    You can’t beat a tasty pasta bake for an easy to make mid-week meal. Great to make in advance and popular with everyone. Nice idea to add the veggie sausages, they go really well together.

  • Reply
    Sarah
    09/04/2019 at 5:55 PM

    Anything pasta is totally a comfort food in our home, more so if it has cheese on it. This dish looks so good. I am definitely going to have to try it, both with regular sausage and vegetarian sausage.

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