Cheesy Sausage and Penne Casserole

Cheesy Sausage and Penne Casserole

Smoked sausage and cheese mingle in this crowd-pleasing Italian penne pasta bake. Delizioso!

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Total Time

1:00

Hr:Mins

Makes

6

servings

3
cups uncooked penne pasta (about 10 ounces)
1/4
cup butter or margarine
1/3
cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
3
cups milk
2
cups shredded Italian-style cheese blend (8 ounces)
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
8
ounces smoked sausage, sliced
1/4
teaspoon Italian seasoning
  1. Heat oven to 350┬░. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  2. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, 1/2 tea-spoon Italian seasoning, the pepper and garlic. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in Italian cheese blend and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese until melted.
  3. Gently stir pasta and sausage into cheese sauce. Pour into ungreased 3-quart casserole. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Makes 6 servings (1 1/3 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Substitution
Pasta shapes besides penne work in this casserole. Elbow macaroni, medium shells, radiatore, rotini and cavatappi are all fine choices.
Substitution
We've used cooked, smoked sausage in this upscale macaroni and cheese to give it a subtle smoky flavor. Reduced-fat smoked sausage, turkey sausage or kielbasa sausage work, too.
Substitution
Sub this topping for the Parmesan and Italian seasoning combo: 1/4 cup Progresso Italian-style bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 605
    • (Calories from Fat 280),
  • Total Fat 31g
    • (Saturated Fat 17g,),
  • Cholesterol 80mg;
  • Sodium 1050mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 51g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
  • Protein 30g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.