"Life is a combination of magic and pasta," said legendary Italian filmmaker Frederico Fellini. We couldn't agree more, but are they really separate things? Nothing up our sleeves here. Farfalle pasta gets tossed in a robust tomato sauce with pieces of fennel-flecked Italian sausage and fresh zucchini before it's topped with mozzarella cheese and baked to golden brown perfection. The delicious, filling flavors are no illusion, but this meal will still disappear before your very eyes.
Trim zucchini ends, halve lengthwise, and cut into ½” half-moons. Mince garlic. Halve baguettes lengthwise. Combine half the Parmesan cheese (reserve remaining for pasta), half the garlic (reserve remaining for zucchini), and ¼ cup olive oil in a small bowl and stir to combine.
Cook the Farfalle
Add farfalle to boiling water and cook until al dente, 11-13 minutes. Drain in colander, return to pot, and toss with 1 tsp. olive oil. While farfalle cooks, start cooking sausage.
Cook the Sausage and Zucchini
Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and Italian sausage links to hot pan. Cook until browned on two sides, 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and rest 5 minutes. Return pan to medium heat. Add zucchini and remaining garlic. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until zucchini is lightly browned and begins to soften, 4-5 minutes. Remove pan from burner.
Finish the Pasta
Carefully (they may be hot!) slice Italian sausage on an angle into ½" slices. Sausage may not be fully cooked, but will finish cooking in oven. Add slices to pan with zucchini along with marinara sauce and cooked farfalle. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from burner, add remaining Parmesan cheese, and stir to combine.
Bake the Pasta and Garlic Bread
Transfer pasta to prepared casserole dish. Top with shredded mozzarella and place on prepared baking sheet to catch any spills. On other side of baking sheet, place baguette halves cut side up, and brush with Parmesan-garlic oil. Bake until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove and rest pasta 5 minutes before serving.
Plate the Dish
Place a serving of baked pasta on a plate or serve family-style alongside Parmesan garlic bread.