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Penne and Smoked Sausage Recipe

Penne and Smoked Sausage Recipe

My sausage pasta is a must-try dish. It just tastes so good when it’s hot and bubbly from the oven. The cheddar french-fried onions lend a cheesy, crunchy touch. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound 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 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.
    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°. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 553 calories, 35g fat (14g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1425mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2017

"I sauteed onions, red bell pepper and celery and mixed it in. I didn't use peas or the fried onions in the recipe. I also used a cheddar jack cheese instead of mozzarella. My family loved it!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2017

"Made this for my family last night and the kids went back for seconds. Good recipe, didn’t change a thing."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2017

"My child loved it!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

"It was just fine but not great. I needs more flavor. A few spices would help. Perhaps sage, thyme, rosemary, Cajun spice, garlic, salt/pepper something. Otherwise its just kind of bland."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2017

"It was ok! I don't think I would make it again. Not my favorite recipe. I will try others. You should make it and try it."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2017 Edited Mar. 2, 2017

"Loved this recipe! However I didn't have smoked sausage so used leftover chicken stir-fry. I don't like veggiesI so omitted them. DELICIOUS!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

"Like the combination of flavors. I did not use the cheesy fried onions though, and used turkey smoked sausage to cut back on the fat. Husband said it was good too!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"Julie, you will find the cheddar french fried onions in the canned vegetable aisle. It is also where the regular fried onions are also. Hope that helps."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

"Delicious! I also couldn't find cheddar french fried onions so just used regular. Used cream of celery and cream of mushroom and doubled the cheese. Added spicy ono salt to the sausage while cooking and some worcestershire to the mix. It did take much longer to cook, close to an hour. This is a great cold weather comfort recipe."

Julie Seymour
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"Have not tried this yet, would like to know in what section of the grocery store, do you find cheddar french fried onions. All I have been able to find is the original onions??"

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