Just a good supper for your family. Recipes like this are my absolute favorite for many reasons: You can make and assemble them in advance and then just pop them in the oven at dinner time, they can stretch to feed an army, you just need a salad on the side and you’re good to go plus they’re really delicious! My kiddos love anything with pasta and anything with sausage, so this one right here is a big winner at our house. We used a whole wheat penne pasta and then smoked turkey sausage, but you of course could use a pork or chicken sausage too. I promise you…this recipe is a keeper!
This recipe serves four to six.
1 pound of sliced sausage (we used a smoked turkey kielbasa)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 (14 oz) can of Rotel tomatoes
4 oz of cream cheese (so half a block), softened
salt and pepper
1 pound of cooked penne pasta
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease (I used Pam) a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.
In a big pot over medium-high heat, brown up your sliced sausage in a drizzle of EVOO along with your chopped onion. Once the sausage is browned (just about five minutes) and the onions are tender, stir in your chopped garlic and red bell pepper and allow that to saute just a minute or two. Next, stir in one cup of your cheddar cheese, the cumin, Rotel, cream cheese and a big pinch of both salt and pepper. Stir all of this together until the cheese is melted. Finally, stir in your cooked penne pasta.
Pour all of this into your prepared baking dish and then sprinkle over the remaining cup of your cheddar cheese.
Pop this into the oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until it’s slightly browned and bubbly.
Remove from oven and serve.
I mean to tell you, this recipe here will feed your troops and make them very happy!