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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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Jamie User ID: 9131265 268901
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2017

"My child loved it!!!"

davidsweeps User ID: 5917228 268111
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."

Kdorfman User ID: 7269420 264933
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."

Jan User ID: 9096403 261958
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!!!"

Susie77 User ID: 98373 252654
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!"

LindaCincinnati User ID: 8431987 246313
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."

Hanric User ID: 8809327 245630
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 User ID: 5412570 245447
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??"

suejjj User ID: 5304276 245336
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

"Whole family loved. Used cream of mush, steamed frozen broccoli instead of peas. And regular French fried onions. Added a little extra of both the cheese and onions. Fantastic!"

wiscook User ID: 1143528 225081
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"very good; can't really taste the cheddar onions, which are expensive. Not sure why TOH persists in having inaccurate prep times. This one says 15 minutes; you can barely heat the water to boiling for the pasta in 15 minutes and the pasta takes 11-13 to cook. This takes at least 30 minutes to get in the oven; so 1 hour total. I would add more peas."

MsBap User ID: 8275993 221764
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!"

labwench79 User ID: 8199540 216977
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!"

sourdoughnative User ID: 6709119 215632
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."

aprilmac81 User ID: 8153117 214646
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!"

clomont User ID: 8136984 213863
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."

tonya10582 User ID: 8064796 58099
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"I added garlic & twice the amount of cheese and actually used a Monterey Jack blend. I also used frozen zucchini, squash, & red peppers in place of the peas."

Nikkimomma User ID: 3879749 79827
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"This was excellent"

katzrule User ID: 1580339 79825
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I had some smoked sausage and was tired of the same ole' same ole' and saw this recipe. At first I though, meh but then decided to give it a try based on the reviews. So very happy I did....This was really very,very good. Although I used elbows, because that's what I had and followed as is, I will be making this again!!"

Mom2ARE User ID: 7130479 62258
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"I will be making this on a regular basis for my family of 6! What a wonderful tastey casserole!!!!"

dreamypage User ID: 7324772 130880
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"My family enjoyed this recipe a lot. They asked for me to keep it handy to make again. I doubled the recipe, added an extra can of cream of celery soup, added garlic and onions to the sausage as it was cooking. Then I added salt and pepper on top"

ljhv User ID: 2453297 147877
Reviewed May. 8, 2013

"I didn't care for this at all and I couldn't get my kids to eat it either. I like to think I can tell a recipe will be good by looking at the ingredients but this one fooled me. Followed recipe exactly and it tasted like noodles with cream soup. Wasted the sausage and cheese on this one."

Dommy86 User ID: 7253014 98733
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"Recipe sounds good until the "cream of" soup... I'll do without the MSG please, what's a good substitute?"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 130857
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"Making this for dinner tonite, but *scaling back* on amt. of pasta. We also like as leftovers!"

farmlawrence User ID: 315126 145483
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"I used cream of chicken soup and regular French fried onions because that is what I had on hand. My family loved it! I think my husband could have eaten the whole dish..."

cluddecke User ID: 7095361 151349
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"I happened to have some smoked sausage to use up, so decided to try this recipe. My whole family raved about it!"

Ebaby14 User ID: 6956094 151337
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"**Have an open eye"

Ebaby14 User ID: 6956094 151334
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"This was my first recipe I made for my Man. It's my first time ever dating a white guy, And he was kind of getting tired of eating only Mexican food. I had the sausage for a while, I even thought of throwing it out. But I found this recipe I just tried it out(I thought it would taste disgusting) It was so freaking good!!! He loved it and the kids loved it to. I made it last night for the first time And I am so happy that this is the recipe to start off a new way of cooking. I'll never stop cookin like a Mexican because I am one, And I'm glad to finally Haven't opened I said other food."

Lenice User ID: 45903 145480
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Made this exactly like the recipe and it was a warm and hearty meal. easy to put together and tastes great!"

ArianeDawn User ID: 4428953 79823
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"We love this recipe! I do use cream of mushroom instead of the celery and I use a cup of frozen corn instead of peas! But it is sure to please!!"

aspross User ID: 4262330 62244
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"We eat this alot, kids love it! easy to make and versatile!"

FoodLover4 User ID: 6673349 66870
Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"Tried this recipe for the first time. I changed it up a little. Instead of celery soup, I used cream of chicken. Used sharp cheddar instead. No one in the family likes peas except for me. So, I used chopped spinach. It was a hit with the family. Husband wants it again soon."

CLTaylor1985 User ID: 6331628 66869
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"My family absolutely LOVES this recipe. Great for kids also."

dedaniel User ID: 4306322 207044
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"easy and yummy!"

Debk33 User ID: 1636696 130878
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"My husband is a picky eater, and he really liked this one. I changed a few things to use what I had on hand. Cream of chicken soup instead of Celery, mixed peas and carrots instead of plain peas, and I had no French fried onions so I topped the casserole with shredded cheddar cheese before putting it in the oven. It turned out great."

ArianeDawn User ID: 4428953 130854
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"oh yea, I have used garlic and farmers sausage and just regular french fried onions...all delicious!!"

ArianeDawn User ID: 4428953 131798
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"We love this recipe and I have made it many times for friends and they love it too! I usually use cream of mushroom soup (though celery soups not bad either) and instead of peas I use corn. Over all though it is just good comfort food!"

pamelaps User ID: 5846670 130853
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"Made this for a friend and her family going through a rough time. It was total garbage. They couldn't eat but one bite, and had to throw the whole thing away. I tripled it, because the have so many mouths to feed, and what a waste of time and ingredients. I will never make this again, and wanted to warn others about it. This family loves all of the ingredients that are in this, but couldn't stand the casserole."

nchantedangel User ID: 5121780 207043
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"This was easy to make and my family loved it! I never cooked with cream of celery soup but was surprised at the final flavor of this dish. I'll definitely make it again!"

cmnelson5 User ID: 3439674 66980
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"This is recipe is made often at our house. When my husband and all 3 kids like something it is a keeper! I only changed a couple of things. I put more of the onions mixed in instead of on top and of course I add more cheese. I keep the milk at 1 1/2 cups because it keeps the casserole nice and creamy. Great recipe!"

sunflwerchick User ID: 4096152 145479
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"I too followed some other reviews and only used 1cup of milk and a lot more cheese. I also added garlic, onion, and mixed veggies. Very good though and easy!"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 58098
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"I had to make some modifications due to what I had on hand. I used rotini in place of the penne, reduced milk to 1 cup, added extra mozzarella cheese, substituted a can of green beans for the peas, used plain french-fried onions instead of cheddar, and at the end of the baking time, I sprinkled on cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella & added extra than what the recipe calls for. Was happy how it turned out. quick and easy to make."

brendalowrywv User ID: 4146624 98732
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"Wonder if you used a can of cheddar cheese soup instead of the celery soup if that might give the dish more flavor - don't know just asking as I haven't made this yet - but I'm going to......"

katerjo User ID: 3362762 153083
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"I also only used 1 cup of milk. This was great. My husband couldn't even come up with a way to improve it (he usually has some idea)"

dtricket User ID: 1057816 147857
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2010

"This was sooooo goood!! easy and very tasty. But I added my favorite spice ... cajun seasoning. Just a little bit, don't go crazy!"

shadowrunbunny User ID: 4389811 147856
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"We loved the penne and sauce, but the smoked sausage gave the dish a heavy smoky flavor, which neither my husband or I care for. I will make it again with some hot links and see how that works."

sunflwerchick User ID: 4096152 207042
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009 Edited Sep. 8, 2010

"this is really good and simple! I added 1 cup of milk instead of 1 1/2 cup, it was nice and creamy that way. Different veggies do make it good, but peas ae still great! And add more cheese!"

northernlite75 User ID: 4397426 131797
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"My family thought this was okay. Ours was a little runny and it needed more cheese. We'll be tweaking the recipe, including adding some mixed veggies. It's a good start though."

kfh User ID: 3721466 66979
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"I made this recently and thought it was great...I added black pepper and a little creole spice to "kick it up" a notch, as Emeril would say! I made two casseroles; one with artichoke added; the other plain; both were great!"

mcgee64 User ID: 582153 153081
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"This was really good. My daughter kept saying she wouldn't like it due to the french-fried onions and she ended up eating the majority of it."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 207041
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"This was just okay. None of my kids complained, so that is always a plus. But they didn't rave about it either. I thought it was decent, nothing "wow" about the taste. My husband thought it was okay as well. Not sure that I will be making this often. May need to play around with the recipe some until I really like it. Thanks for the recipe, though."

Debbie W User ID: 2565133 153080
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2008

"Cheddar french fried onions come in a can that you buy in the grocery store that is located next to the french fried onions you buy to make green bean casserole. The sausage is cut into 1/4 inch thick slices that the recipe calls for."

lks2cook User ID: 1832472 147786
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2008

"what are cheddar french fried onions?"

Ritchieditchie User ID: 2964193 58097
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2008

"How thick do you cut the sausage before browning?"

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