Macaroni & Hot Italian Sausage

"A macaroni casserole is always welcome in most families. Use mild sausage or bratwurst if you prefer. I like a bit of spice so I like to add a couple of jalapenos chopped and perhaps some olives or some hot sauce. Make it as hot or as mild as you like. Good meal for those fall/winter days ahead. Serve with a green salad and crusty rolls and there's your meal."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Spray a skillet with oil, heat.
  • Add sausage, cook until crumbly, break it up as you are cooking the sausage, pour off excess fat.
  • Add mushrooms and onion, cook until tender.
  • Turn sausage, mushrooms and onion into an oven proof dish (approx 9x13").
  • Pour sherry into the skillet and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to scrape up the brown bits.
  • Pour sherry over the sausage mixture.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, beef consommé, water and pasta.
  • Bake in 375°F oven (covered) for 1 hour or until pasta is tender.
  • Stir in sour cream (or cottage cheese).
  • Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley.
  • Serve.

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  1. This was a good recipe with ingredients we actually had (except the sherry). I substituted 1/8 cup of vinegar, 1/8 cup of water and 1/2 tbsp of sugar for the sherry and boiled it the same as sherry. It was a huge hit with my husband, 2/3 kids liked it too! Definitely need to stir it up at about half the time, and reduced the time by 15 minutes or it would have been crispy!
  2. Very yummy!! I used mild Italian sausage instead of hot, and we both enjoyed it!! We will definitely be using this recipe again.
  3. using mild sausage, but am thinking a pinch or two roasted red pepper flakes might have been a good addition. good to hear I will need to stir as this bakes... I am interested to see how the sour cream works. it was good just as it is. I put the casserole dish's lid on so maybe that will make a difference. thanks to Bergy for posting this. I don't use Italian sausage very often so this will be interesting...
  4. Made this today, it is still cooling to be eaten later tonight and through the week. Had 2 lbs of spice Italian sausage that had been reduced at Kroger and have everything else on hand but had to go out and came back to take it out of the oven after an hour. The stirring should happen a couple of times for the pasta but it is cooked enough and it tastes awesome after the final addition of the sour cream and parm cheese. Nice, inexpensive, should microwave OK
  5. We loved this. I used only 1 lb of hot sausage. No mushrooms. V8 juice for the tomato sauce and a little Mexican blend cheese and cheddar cheese on top. Delicious. Did have to stir it several times while baking.


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