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Loaf Pan Cheesy Sausage Penne

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Loaf Pan Cheesy Sausage Penne
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 4
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You can use your loaf pan for more than just quick bread. For two-person households or small families, this baking pan is perfect for making dinner, too! Case in point: this incredibly easy, incredibly cheesy sausage penne casserole. It has all of the ingredients you’d see in a larger 13x9 version of this dish—Italian sausage, pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese—without the overwhelming amount of leftovers.
Updated Jan 3, 2019

Ingredients

  • 4 oz uncooked penne pasta (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup Progresso™ Panko Italian style crispy bread crumbs
  • 1/4 lb bulk Italian pork sausage
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 1 1/2 cups Muir Glen™ organic tomato basil pasta sauce (from 24.5-oz jar)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
  • Small fresh basil leaves, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8x4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, using minimum cook time.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until toasted. Pour into small bowl. Wipe out skillet.
  • 3
    In same skillet over medium heat, add sausage and onions; cook 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink. Drain, if necessary.
  • 4
    In large bowl, stir together sausage, sauce and 1 cup of the cheese. Add cooked pasta; toss gently. Spoon mixture into loaf pan. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover with foil.
  • 5
    Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. Top with toasted bread crumbs and basil.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    If you can’t find bulk Italian sausage, you can use raw Italian sausage links. One (4-oz) link, removed from its casing, is a great substitution.
  • tip 2
    Preparing the pasta al dente before adding to the pan ensures it won’t be overcooked after baking.
  • tip 3
    We tested this recipe with mild Italian sausage, but if your family likes the heat, opt for spicy Italian sausage instead.
  • tip 4
    Italian sausage varies in fat levels. If there is fat visible in the pan after browning, make sure you drain the meat before adding it to your casserole.
  • tip 5
    Serve this pasta with a side of Pillsbury™ crescent dinner rolls for a complete meal.

Nutrition Information

440 Calories, 21g Total Fat, 21g Protein, 41g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
190
Total Fat
21g
33%
Saturated Fat
9g
46%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
45mg
16%
Sodium
900mg
38%
Potassium
220mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
41g
14%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
6g
Protein
21g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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