Cheesy Sausage and Penne Casserole

August 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

I HATE that I have not been making regular posts. HATE it. But, I am a full-term pregnant woman. And it’s very hot outside. And I have a cold. And every time I stand up longer than 5 minutes my legs and feet swell to the size of canoes. Cooking has not been my priority lately. At all. After baby Tater is born, I am going to make this blog my Weight Watchers journal. Food blogging will happen everyday, and my body will be shrinking. Color me totally excited. :-)


I actually hoisted my gooey body off the couch tonight long enough to cook something. My 8-year-old son was hungry, and oddly, he thinks I am the person that is supposed to feed him. My husband has a tendency to think this as well. I wonder if this next baby will expect me to feed him too? Geez. The male gender is very demanding aren’t they? :-)


Cheesy Sausage and Penne Casserole:

3 cups uncooked penne pasta (about 10 ounces)

1/4 cup butter

1/3 all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 cloves garlic, chopped (I used the minced stuff in a jar. About 1 tbsp.)

3 cups milk

2 cups shredded Italian-style cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

8 ounces smoked sausage, sliced (I used turkey smoked sausage. And I also added more than required. We are complete meat-eaters around here.It was a total of about 12 ounces.)


Heat oven to 350. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, Italian seasoning, pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-low heat , stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Stir in milk. Heat to a boiling over medium-high, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute: remove from heat. Stir in Italian cheese blend and 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese.

Gently stir pasta and sausage into cheese sauce. Pour into ungreased 3 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until bubbly.


As I was typing this recipe out, I realized I didn’t follow my directions close enough while cooking this. I dumped all the parmesan cheese into the sauce without saving any to use as a topping. Oh well.


Ok. The verdict: So stinking good. The sauce that goes on this casserole is an extremely cheesy, garlic-y, buttery concoction that is excellent.


I also made some little pieces of garlic bread to go with it…..







Also, at the risk of making a redundant post, I am going to state again for the record that I love my AMAZING GRASS powder.


This….. (banana and cantaloupe)


plus this……. (yogurt and 1 scoop of Amazing Grass)



(imagine that there is a picture of a splash of skim milk and a handful of ice here)



So healthy and so tasty.


Just look at the nutrition is this stuff!!!!!



And last but not least…. Today I am officially 38 weeks preggers. The baby is scheduled to come in 9 days. HOLY. CRAP. This pregnancy has FLOWN by. Normally, it seems that women have to suffer forever while they are pregnant, but I feel like I have only been knocked up for a couple months.

I will post a new pregger pic very, very soon. :-)


OH!!! I have a funny little story. I decided to come back into my already published post to add this.

In the mornings, I roll out of bed, wake my son up and get him ready for school. I usually drive him to school in the clothes that I slept in, which is a pair of shorts and a tee. Nasty huh? :-)  (I can’t believe I admitted that here, but it’s central to the story.) It is literally about a two minute drive, so I don’t worry about it too much.

Anyhoo, on our way this morning, I told him that I had a doctors appointment today to check on his baby brother. We chatted about it for a minute and then, in a completely innocent and clueless voice, he said, “But you can’t go to the doctor lookin’ like that huh? You need to take a bath and change your clothes.”


I laughed and laughed. I love how little kids can say the most rude things and be totally unaware of it. My son couldn’t figure out why I was laughing so hard. :-)