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    Cheesy Penne Pasta and Smoked Sausage Casserole

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    55 mins

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    35 mins

    Chef #680599's Note:

    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.

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    Serves: 6



    Units: US | Metric

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


    1. 1
      Cook pasta according to package directions.
    2. 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. 3
      In a large bowl, combine milk and soup.
    4. 4
      Stir in 1/2 cup onions, 1/4 cup of each cheese, and sausage.
    5. 5
      Drain pasta and stir into sausage mixture.
    6. 6
      Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.
    7. 7
      Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
    8. 8
      Sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese.
    9. 9
      Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 18, 2010


      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!

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    • on June 28, 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!

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    • on June 24, 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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cheesy Penne Pasta and Smoked Sausage Casserole

    Serving Size: 1 (235 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 482.0
    Calories from Fat 272
    Total Fat 30.2 g
    Saturated Fat 11.8 g
    Cholesterol 74.2 mg
    Sodium 990.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
    Sugars 1.4 g
    Protein 18.1 g

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