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Cheesy Sausage and Penne Casserole

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Cheesy Sausage and Penne Casserole
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 6
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Smoked sausage and cheese mingle in this crowd-pleasing Italian penne pasta bake. Delizioso!

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

Directions

  • 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.
Tips  

Expert Tips

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 Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
605
(
Calories from Fat
280
)
Daily Value
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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