Sausage and Pasta Bake

Give pasta a kick with this hearty dish, with Cajun flavors and spicy canned beans and tomatoes.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups uncooked penne pasta (5 oz)
1/2
lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2
teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1
cup vegetable juice
1
can (15 to 16 oz) chili beans in sauce, undrained
1
can (14.5 oz) zesty chili-style diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Return to pan; set aside.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Remove from heat. Stir in oregano and Cajun seasoning.
  • 3 Stir sausage mixture into pasta. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon into ungreased 2-quart casserole. Cover with foil.
  • 4 Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until hot in center.

Expert Tips

No Cajun seasoning? Chili powder will work, too.

Change the look of this casserole by using a different pasta shape such as shells or rotini.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
1470mg
1470%;
Total Carbohydrate
58g
58%
(Dietary Fiber
8g
8%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
25%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.