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Cheesy Sausage And Penne Casserole

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 6
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Smoked sausage and cheese mingle in this crowd-pleasing Italian penne pasta bake. Delizioso!
Created Aug 20, 2013
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  • 3 cups (750 mL) uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cups (750 mL) milk
  • 2 cups (500 mL) shredded cheese blend (such as Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • (8 oz/250 g) smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) Italian seasoning


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. 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 teaspoon 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 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.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Substitution: Pasta shapes besides penne work in this casserole. Elbow macaroni, medium shells, radiatore, rotini and cavatappi are all fine choices.
  • Tip 2
    Substitution: We've used cooked, smoked sausage in this upscale macaroni and cheese to give it a subtle smoky flavour. Reduced-fat smoked sausage, turkey sausage or kielbasa sausage work, too.
  • Tip 3
    Substitution: Sub this topping for the Parmesan and Italian seasoning combo: 1/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine.

Nutrition Information

605 Calories, 31g Total Fat, 30g Protein, 51g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 6 Servings (1 1/3 Cups Each)
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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