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Penne and Smoked Sausage Recipe
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Penne and Smoked Sausage 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.”
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 Johnsonville® Smoked Sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% 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 frozen peas


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat 5 minutes; drain. In a large bowl, combine milk and soup. Stir in 1/2 cup onions, 1/2 cup cheese, peas and sausage. Drain pasta; stir into sausage mixture.
  3. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Freeze option: Sprinkle remaining onions and cheese over unbaked casserole. Cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
Originally published as Penne and Smoked Sausage in Simple & Delicious March/April 2006, p65

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I just baked this dish for dinner. Delicious! It was very easy. The only thing I did differently was omit the peas. My husband does not like peas but it was still good. Next time I think I will add broccoli instead!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"This was super easy and delicious. My 4-yr old helped me put it all together. We didn't have cheesy fried onions, but substituted crumbled goldfish crackers and minced onions, like another commenter suggested. I could see this with chicken breast and a variety of veggies too. Great versatility!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"This is a great, easy, tasty dish. I've made it twice in two weeks. The second time I didn't have the onions, so I added a tbsp of dried minced onions to the mix and subbed with crushed cheesy crackers, still delish! I also used a vegetable blend, either way this is a keeper."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Excellent recipe!! Very easy to make and it tastes fabulous! The first thing my husband said when we walked in the door from a long day at work was, "dinner smells great!" as he walked over to where it was cooling on the stove he said, "it looks great too!". I did omit the peas though, my two toddlers aren't a huge fan of them. :) Thanks for sharing this! It's very simple and doesn't hurt your wallet to make it!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"Very good! Even my little brother who doesn't usually eat vegetables liked it. I used cheddar cheese and cream of chicken soup because that's what we had on hand."

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