Penne and Smoked Sausage Casserole Recipe
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Penne and Smoked Sausage Casserole Recipe

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“This must-try casserole tastes so good when it’s hot and bubbly from the oven,” writes Margaret Wilson from Hemet, California. “The cheddar french-fried onions lend a cheesy, crunchy touch.”—Margaret Wilson, Hemet, California
Recommended: 13x9 Casserole Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar french-fried onions, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat for 5 minutes; drain. In a large bowl, combine milk and soup. Stir in 1/2 cup onions, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and sausage. Drain pasta; stir into sausage mixture.
  2. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining onions and cheeses. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Penne and Smoked Sausage in Church Supper 2009 2009, p31

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LindsayMann User ID: 8076150 255120
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"I love this recipe. I do use andouille sausage, it's a favorite of both me and my husband, but other than that, I follow the recipe exactly. Sometimes my local Kroger is out of the cheddar fried onions, so I have used the original as well, and it is delicious. It's the perfect weeknight meal, and heats up great for leftovers."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1665956 231783
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"Not too bad. Would make it again. Just added peas and carrots to mix, plus Italian seasoning and garlic powder for extra flavor. We all had seconds, and there's still some left over!"

kat-in-ok User ID: 6290451 108442
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"We loved it! Just make sure you read the directions all the way through, unlike myself"

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 188194
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"We enjoyed here at the house easy to make and fast to make forthose days you have a lot to do."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 103873
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"I gave this recipe a spicy kick! I picked this recipe because it is baked in the oven. After readinng reviews and knowing my familys love of spice, I used the seasoning called for in another ToH recipe , Spicy Sauage and Penne. I added 1/2tsp each of garlic, ground mustard and red pepper flakes. WOW! it was a hit. Family did agree that french fried onions not needed. Taste, texture and heartiness of this recipe makes this a keeper in our house."

browneyedbeauty4 User ID: 7499360 188191
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"I am not a fan. If you like macaroni and cheese with hot dogs, you will like this. Its a bit of a step up, but I am being kind about that. No thanks on this one."

KaseyG User ID: 4420963 185279
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"My family loves this recipe! It's very versatile - we've made it with different "cream" soups and meat. It's a favorite go-to meal when nothing else sounds good."

cdunks User ID: 5988682 185384
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

"This was incredible! I work nights and am always looking for easy healthy recipes to make ahead for my husband. This was perfect, and my husband loved it. I did substitute the smoked sausage for beef sausage because our family does ot eat pork- but I got as similar as possible. This was an easy recipe, tasty, and easy adaptable."

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