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Cheesy Sausage and Penne Casserole

Cheesy Sausage and Penne Casserole
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 6
Smoked sausage and cheese mingle in this crowd-pleasing Italian penne pasta bake. Delizioso!
Updated November 3, 2010
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

  • 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

Steps

  • 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.

  • Pasta shapes besides penne work in this casserole. Elbow macaroni, medium shells, radiatore, rotini and cavatappi are all fine choices.
  • 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.
  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 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
% Daily Value*:
Iron
16%
16%
Exchanges:
2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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