DH had seconds!! That's a first! What a compliment. Great comfort food...very easy..just dump & cook. Croutons add terrific flavor & add crispiness (I put them over the entire dish, not just the edges). Chicken would be a good sub. for sausage. You could also add frozen carrots or mixed veggie cubes (like the little ones in pot pies). I didn't have sage on hand and used Ragu Cheese sauce instead of Cheese soup. I put in more pasta since the proportions seemed "off". All the flavors mix nicely together. This is a keeper, no doubt!