Monday, March 25, 2013

Baked Sausage and Noodles

Nothing beats a full plate of noodles drenched in speghetti sauce.  It's pretty hard to go wrong with the basic noodles and sauce.  The best part is if you have those two ingredients as the foundation, you can add such a wide variety of other ingredients and almost always hit a jackpot recipe!  Adding sausage isn't a new idea, but it's a welcomed change in the regular noodles and sauce routine. 

Thanks for another winner, Favorite Family Recipes!

Baked Sausage Noodles


1 package, uncooked ground italian sausage
1 clove garlic, minced 
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 package noodles, wagon wheel, bowtie or curly (Go crazy!  Pick any one you want)
1 bottle 4-cheese spaghetti sauce
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 375ยบ

In a large fying pan, heat oil and brown garlic.  Add the sausage and cook until browned, crumbling as you cook.  

In a large bowl, toss the cooked sausage with all the other ingredients, reserving 1 cup of the cheese.  

Pour the pasta mixture into a 9x13 pan that is coated with cooking spray.

Bake about 25 minutes, then remove from oven and top with the reserved cheese.  

Bake another 5 minutes until top cheese is melted. 

Serve with breadsticks. 

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cheesy Noodle Bake

At our house, if a meal has cheese and noodles it's a keeper. I liked this recipe initally because it didn't call for heavy cream.  Most mac-n-cheese recipes seem to.  I liked this recipe even more when the sauce  turned out creamy and rich with just the right about of cheesiness!  I just wish it made more!

Cheesy Noodle Bake


1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
2 cups 2-cheese blend, shredded (cheddar and jack is tasty)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (not the powdered stuff)
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups spiral or corkscrew noodles, cooked and drained
crushed red peppers, to taste


Stir the soup, cheeses, milk and black pepper into a bowl.  Add pasta and combine.  Pour noodle mixture into a baking dish. 

Bake for about 20 minutes or until bubbly. 

Sprinkle with crushed red peppers for a nice kick. 

Source: Celebrate the Holidays Cookbook