Cheesy Penne Pasta and Smoked Sausage Casserole

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

Smoked sausage is my new go to meat for a tight budget, so I have been searching for something to use it in besides Jambalaya. I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine and loved it! I just had to share it! For a healthier casserole, I use whole wheat pasta, turkey smoked sausage, 98% fat free soup and low fat cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups penne pasta, uncooked
  • 14 ounces smoked sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 12 cups milk
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 12 cups cheddar French-fried onions, separated (I couldn't find cheddar, so I used regular and it was great)
  • 12 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • 12 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, divided


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, brown sausage in a skillet and drain. (I skipped this step since I was using fully cooked turkey smoked sausage and wouldn't have any fat to render).
  3. In a large bowl, combine milk and soup.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup onions, 1/4 cup of each cheese, and sausage.
  5. Drain pasta and stir into sausage mixture.
  6. Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.
  7. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese.
  9. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Most Helpful

This was just a HIT at my house. One of those rare recipes that was loved by all! I made 1 1/2 times the recipe, used lower sodium soup (one cream of mushroom, one cream of chicken) because the sausage and cheese are already salty. I sauteed a large sweet onion prior to throwing the sausage in the skillet, and the touch of sweetness was a really nice contrast. It's like a great mac and cheese, with that yummy sausage, and crispy onion topping, but the sauce doesn't break down when re-heated! This one is really a keeper!

blueguitargirl1985 June 18, 2010

This was very good. I did add more cheese as we like our macaroni and cheese, cheesier. I used dreamfields rotini pasta. My son said he would eat this everyday! Great comfort food and it came together fast, for a good quick evening meal. Served with a side salad. I was thinking of adding in some spinach, but thought I would try the real recipe first and add things later. Thanks for the recipe!

Dissie June 28, 2010

This recipe is great with the peas added, like the original recipe! The original recipe calls for 1 pound smoked sausage or polska kielbasa. I didn't find it salty at all, like some reviewers.

bad kitty 1116 June 24, 2010