Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sausage Penne Casserole - My Husband's FAVORITE dish!

This is a staple in our house.  During the colder months, we have it at least twice a month.  I decided to make it this week to use up some of our tomatoes (and to make my husband happy!).  
My picky eater even asked for seconds :)

Ingredients:
1 (16 oz) package of penne pasta
mushrooms (you can use fresh or 1 can - I often leave these out because my family doesn't like them)
1 package polish sausage/kilbasa
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 (14 oz) can of tomatoes (I often substitute fresh tomatoes or ones that I have canned myself)
1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce (I use a small can of V-8 instead)
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 c heavy cream (or whole milk)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a large casserole dish.
2.  Cook the penne pasta al dente.
3.  Meanwhile, saute onion and garlic in olive oil for 2 minutes.
4.  Add mushrooms and sausage.  Cook until sausage is heated through.  Stir in tomatoes, sauce, basil and cream; simmer for about 5 minutes.  remove from heat.
5.  Add cooked pasta to the sauce and stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; mix well.  Spoon pasta into your casserole dish.  Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.  Cover and bake about 15 minutes.  Uncover and bake until cheese is melted (about 10 more minutes)







2 comments:

  1. Made this for our first official dinner in the new house. I had just opened the mushrooms when Kaylee was digging in and eatting them as fast as I was chopping! I used wheat pasta and chicken sausage I found as well as fresh tomatoes. Turned out great! Nothing was too overpowering!

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  2. Congrats on the move! And good for you for getting them to eat whole wheat pasta! The best I can do is a half wheat, half white mix :) I'm so glad you like it. I find I never make it the same way twice, but it's always a huge hit!

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