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Penne & Sausage Casseroles

 Penne & Sausage Casseroles
This hearty casserole has been a consistent hit. It feeds a lot of people and comes together relatively quickly. —John Venturino, Concord, California
16 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min.


  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 cups dry red wine or beef broth, divided
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch
  • oven, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and
  • set aside.
  • In the same Dutch oven, saute mushrooms and onion in oil until
  • tender. Add garlic and oregano; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in 1 cup
  • wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in
  • the tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, sausage and remaining wine. Bring
  • to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

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Penne & Sausage Casseroles (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Drain pasta. Spread 1/2 cup sauce in each of two greased 13-in. x
  • 9-in. baking dishes. Divide half of the pasta between the dishes;
  • layer each with 2-1/2 cups sauce and 1 cup each of the cheeses.
  • Repeat layers.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes
  • longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley
  • if desired. Yield: 2 casseroles (8 servings each).
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/4 cups equals 460 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 756 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 24 g protein.
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