Monday, May 16, 2016

Lasagna Bowtie Pasta

There are few dishes more satisfying than lasagna. At the same time, there are few dishes more time-consuming and frustrating to assemble than lasagna. I'll admit, as much as I enjoy cooking, I often fall into the laziness mentality and buy a frozen lasagna. Sure, it tastes mostly good, but I feel so guilty, knowing I really should make my own lasagna.

Perhaps you're like me and dislike dealing with the large lasagna noodles. After all, they are highly temperamental. So, I'm always looking for a new take on lasagna that's less troublesome. I've shared a Mini Lasagna Cups recipe before, which is great. But today, I have another take on lasagna: Lasagna Bowtie Pasta.

This recipe takes a fraction of the time of traditional lasagna, is less messy, and is delicious! Plus, since it looks more like a traditional pasta dish, it's easy to get even picky eaters interested.


2 (14 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 lb. Italian sausage
Salt and black pepper
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp thyme
8 ounces bow-tie pasta
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 Tbsp parsley


  1. Pour the cans of diced tomatoes (including the juice) into a large liquid measuring cup, then add water until the tomato/water mixture equals 4 cups. Add in the tomato sauce and sugar. Stir until combined and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and stir until garlic begins to turn a light golden color.
  3. Add the Italian sausage and cook until browned. Salt and pepper the sausage to taste.
  4. Stir in 1 Tbsp each of oregano, basil and thyme.
  5. Pour the uncooked pasta over meat, then pour the tomato mixture over the pasta. Don't stir.
  6. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered for 20-25 minutes (or until the pasta is tender), stirring every 5 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from heat and stir in the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Stir until cheese is incorporated. Add spoonfuls of ricotta all over the pasta.
  8. Cover for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp parsley and serve!
It really is an incredibly simple dish and tasted phenomenal! The smaller bow-tie noodles are perfect for this dish, making everything perfectly bite sized.

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Terri Steffes said...

Yum! I'm getting ready to try the zucchini lasagne with the long flat zucchini slices. Have you tried that? I love bowtie noodles. So fun to eat! :)

Karen Morse said...

I am SUCH a lasagna fan but I dont always have hours and hours and hours to create this dish! Loving your recipe as a way to get that lasagna "vibe" but without all that time involved. Totally making this soon!
Karen |

Wendy said...

This is a great idea! All the benefits of lasagna without all the work. Love it!

ana de jesus said...

Oh yum yum! I love bowtie pasta and adding quorn mince to make the lasagna pasta would be delicious!

Rachel Langer said...

Bow-tie's are adorable. Bow-tie pasta = adorably delicious! My kids would just gobble this right up.

Kiwi said...

I crave pasta now. I think I will have some for lunch!

blythe32 said...

This recipe has given such a great idea. I don't eat sausage, but I'm going to try this with my spinach lasagna or vegan lasagna recipe.

Dawn McAlexander said...

I love lasagna, but it is so difficult to make sometimes. I love your idea here. I think it would make making lasagna much easier!

Heather said...

I have made lasagna exactly once in my life - because it is time consuming! Will have to try this recipe though - so much easier!

krystle cook said...

Such an easy way to make lasagna. I've made it a few times. It maybe happens once a year LOL

Veronica Pototska said...

This looks so delicious, I would definitely love to try it!
But it is almost midnight now, I am not even allowed to look at pictures of foods lol
I will come back for the recipe tomorrow :)

Ashley Lee said...

Yum! I LOVE pasta, so I need to add this to my weekly menu and give it a try!

Rebeka Ervin said...

This looks delicious! And I am a huge fan of pasta so this recipe would be a go for me. xx Rebeka

Laci Carlson said...

Yum what perfection!!! Now tie is my favorite type of player ever definitely trying this

Colette Wright said...

My daughter is in charge of making dinner one night a week and this would be perfect for her to try! She loves making pasta dishes.

jillconyers said...

This looks delicious. I wonder if I can find gluten free bow tie pasta. I have others I can substitute but I'd love to find bow tie.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I'm a huge fan of pasta dishes so this recipe would be right up my alley. I love using bowtie pasta for this recipe because it's one of my favorite pasta shapes.

Hil'Lesha O'Nan said...

How delicious! I'm a big fan of pasta dishes, so I will have to try something like this sometime in the near future.

Becca said...

I definitely struggle putting together lasagna (it's like a puzzle sometimes) but I love the taste. This a great alternative!!

Hannah Adkins said...

This looks delicious, not to mention easy to make! I love having pasta dishes for dinner, they're so hearty & filling.

nicole said...

I love lasagna and anything else pasta related. I can eat pasta every day, which is totally fine with me. Bowties are one of my favorite pasta too. You dish looks delicious.

Hodge Podge Moments said...

I think I have all of the ingredients needed for this one! I'll have to try it out soon. :)

Kim~madeinaday said...

Changing up the noodles sounds like a winner!Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

ConciergeLibrarian said...

I keep saying I am going to try lasagna but have not gotten around to it yet...this is as good as time as ever

Liz Latham said...

Nothing wrong with a little bit of classic cuisine! Nostalgia set in for me. Yum! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

Jeanne Grunert said...

Oh my, but this looks good! Thanks for sharing it! #HomeMattersParty

Lisa B. said...

This looks yummy!! My kids love pasta and this will be great for them!! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!