Italian Heritage Casserole Recipe
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Italian Heritage Casserole Recipe

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Every bite of this hearty one-dish meal brings back memories of my grandmother's Italian kitchen. To this day, I can picture Grandma slicing fresh sausage, dicing crispy peppers and adding "just a pinch" of oregano. I stir up those memories often— this casserole's a favorite for family gatherings, church suppers and post-practice community choir socials.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 red pepper, cut in lengthwise strips
  • 1 green pepper, cut in lengthwise strips
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 frying chicken (3 pounds), skinned and cut in pieces or 6 chicken breast halves, cut in chunks
  • 1 pound sweet or mild Italian sausage, cut in 1-inch to 2-inch chunks

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 419 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 619mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein.


  1. Spray a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with vegetable cooking oil; arrange potatoes and peppers in the dish. Combine the seasoning; sprinkle a third of the seasoning mixture over vegetables.
  2. Layer chicken pieces and sausage over vegetables; sprinkle remaining seasoning mixture on top. Cover and bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°; bake 30-40 minutes longer. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian Heritage Casserole in Country Woman March/April 1990, p29

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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VOGIE User ID: 252250 224876
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"I add baby carrots and frozen pearl onions. Also will sometimes mix hot Italian sausage with the mild Italian. If adding additional mean I add some cooking time also. this is a family favorite"

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 216432
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"My kids enjoyed this casserole. I added diced tomatoes without draining them to the potato layer. The oregano flavor was a bit heavy so I would recommend cutting it in half. One of the kids suggested adding onions to the dish, which I will try. This is a full, flavorful meal in one dish."

Torampaul User ID: 1024983 37716
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2009

"I love this recipe, and it has become a big-time favorite with my family. One problem though; every time I make it, I end up with about an inch of water at the bottom, which washes all the spices off the potatoes. Any idea how I can avoid this? Or is it normal?"

vmfein User ID: 2150105 43660
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2008

"This was good. When I made this I left out the sausage. Next time we will add more peppers and seasoning, with less potatoes."

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