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 :)

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)


  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!

  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!