Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Need a family friendly dinner in a flash? This Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake is exactly what you need… tasty and kid-friendly!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for our Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake recipe…


Welcome to the first November edition of Fabulous Foodie Fridays!  We hope you have all had a wonderful week and have been having lots of fun in the kitchen creating some of the amazing recipes we had linked up last week.


Here are five of my fave picks from last weeks party…

1.  I’m just loving this Pink Ombre Cake that Lauren from Life at Number 5 made for a Pink Ribbon morning tea. A yummy cake and a good cause – just perfect.


2.  Speaking of cakes, how AMAZING is this Brownie Ice-Cream Layer Cake from My Kitchen Stories… and yep that’s Lindt chocolate on top.


3. After drooling over those yummy cakes, a bowl of Sugar-Free Raw Cacao Ice-Cream from Changing Meal Habits is exactly what I need!

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4. How good does this Turkey Pastitso with Chardonnay Bechamel from Land Of Zonkt look!


5. And finally, with the weekend just around the corner, why not make Dancing Through Sunday’s Avocado Pancake Stack which is loaded with heaps of yummy extras.


Don’t forget to visit Create Bake Make and check out Lauren’s picks!

This week it’s over to Lauren who is sharing a great family friendly dinner recipe.


Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake recipe…

Hi everyone, this week I’m sharing a recipe for an easy, delicious and most importantly, toddler approved Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake!

Italian Sausage & Broccoli Pasta Bake

Recently I was sent a selection of Barilla products to try and have some fun with – including a jar of their new family size pasta sauce.  Even before I made this recipe, I knew it would be a hit with my carb and sausage loving boys.  This recipe is really simple to put together and I mean REALLY simple!  The hardest part is removing the sausage meat from the cases, and even then I simply made a hole at one end and squeezed the meat out.  My little helper also assisted with this and thought it was hilarious to see the meat falling out the end.

I like that this is one of those meals you can put together and be sitting down to enjoy it all within an hour – especially important when you have a couple of cranky and hungry toddlers at your feet.

Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake

This Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake recipe is also versatile – don’t have any broccoli? Use eggplant, cauliflower or any other vegetable that’s in season.

Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake - Fabulous Foodie Fridays #26

Need a family friendly dinner in a flash? This Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake is exactly what you need... tasty and kid-friendly!
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Course: Light Meals, Lunch or Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Dinner, Family Meals, Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Bake Play Smile


  • 300 g of Barilla Fusilli Pasta
  • 1 jar (575g) Barilla Cheese and Tomato Pasta Bake Sauce
  • 650 g of italian sausages - outer casing removed
  • 2 garlic cloves - crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of  dried mixed herbs
  • 2 heads of broccoli cut into small florets
  • 120 g of fresh parmesan cheese - finely grated
  • 80 ml of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil.
  • Remove the sausages from their cases, and cut into small pieces.
  • Heat the oil, herbs and garlic in a frying pan, add the sausage meat and cook for 5 minutes.
  • While the sausage meat is cooking, add the pasta and after 5 minutes, add the cut up broccoli.
  • Drain the pasta just before it's completely cooked.
  • In a large oven proof dish, combine the pasta, broccoli, pasta sauce and half the grated cheese.  Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving - enjoy!

Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta Bake

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Anna @ Just a Mum

I absolutely would have picked the same features as you from last week – just divine! Thank you so much for hosting 🙂 anna

Lucy Mathieson

Great minds think alike Anna 🙂 Thanks for joining our link up party!


Oh so many delicious selections here! I could seriously go a bowl of that ice cream now though, yum!
Glad you liked my take on Pastistio… That Chanmpagne Béchamel though, promise me you’ll try it next time you need a Béchamel. It’s right up your alley. x

Lucy Mathieson

I certainly will be making it… and yes it’s definitely my kinda thing!! 🙂

Lauren @ Life at Number Five

Thanks for featuring my Pink Ombré cake!! I’m so glad you liked it. Lots of yummy picks for this week again! Can’t wait to check them out. x

Lucy Mathieson

No problem! I loved the cake (and that it was for such a good cause!). xx


Great choices – those cakes are making me hungry!

Lucy Mathieson

Me too!! xx