Make weekend nights homey and deliciously filling with a great cheesy sausage casserole dish to share at the dinner table. This recipe uses tender slices of Italian sausage for a meaty delight. Topped with two kinds of cheeses, parmesan, and mozzarella, it instantly makes this pork casserole even creamier. Follow this easy recipe in less than an hour using simple ingredients. Finish off the dish with an extra sprinkle of shredded parmesan cheese, and delicious roasted broccoli on the side.
Tips in Making Creamy and Cheesy Sausage Casserole
Baking casserole dishes can be quite a laborious task—one that involves mixing all the right ingredients and baking at the right time and heat. Ensure your sausage casserole turns into a deliciously creamy and cheesy dish with these tips.
- Pre-cook the pasta. When making this pork sausage casserole, the pasta has to be slightly undercooked, the texture a bit firm and gritty. Cooking this way will help keep the pasta hydrated when baked again with the other ingredients.
- Pre-cook sausage in the broiler. Instead of frying or baking, broiling the sausages in the oven will bring out its distinct licorice-like flavor more. Since broiling makes use of direct heat, the pork sausage will cook better and give it a bit of charring.
- Try other types of sausages. Substitute the Italian sausages with a cured or smoked sausage to give that extra savory or smoky taste to blend with the casserole.
- Drain or remove any excess grease from the meat with paper towels to prevent the sausage casserole from being too soggy or greasy.
- Don’t overfill the casserole dish. Layer and fill your casserole dish only about three-quarters full to give some room for your ingredients to rise and bubble up. It also helps prevent a spillover during the baking process.
- Add more cheese. Make this sausage casserole pasta bake even cheesier. Add in or switch it up with other kinds of cheeses like a ricotta cheese or cheddar cheese.
How To Make Creamy and Cheesy Sausage Casserole
Italian sausages, shredded parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese make this sausage casserole dish extra delicious, filling, and hearty.
- Preheat broiler.
Over medium heat, cook Italian sausage in oil.
Remove meat, leaving fat and oil in the pan.
Cook the mushrooms and garlic in the pan until browned. Remove from heat.
Add the sausage back in, and stir in cream. Season and simmer for 5 minutes.
Pour pasta and sauce into a casserole dish.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top.
Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, then serve.
- Calcium: 161mg
- Calories: 636kcal
- Carbohydrates: 38g
- Cholesterol: 160mg
- Fat: 44g
- Fiber: 1g
- Iron: 3mg
- Monounsaturated Fat: 17g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g
- Potassium: 483mg
- Protein: 22g
- Saturated Fat: 19g
- Sodium: 595mg
- Sugar: 1g
- Trans Fat: 1g
- Vitamin A: 782IU
- Vitamin C: 3mg
Commonly Asked Questions
Should a casserole be covered when baking?
For this Italian sausage casserole recipe, it’s best to cover the casserole first to help melt the cheese on top and cook the layers evenly. Halfway through the cooking, leave it uncovered to release some of the steam. This also helps crisp and brown the cheese nicely. Make sure to use an oven safe foil or a lid to cover the pork casserole while baking.
How long does a casserole last in the fridge?
Leftover cooked casseroles can last for about three to four days inside the refrigerator, and two to three months in the freezer when properly stored in an airtight container. When ready to consume again, make sure to thaw the casserole at room temperature before reheating.
Make a delightful serving of this sausage casserole dish for your family and friends. It’s a dish that perfectly combines savory sweet and mild taste with a creamy and cheesy consistency. Enjoy a serving with a cool drink or wine on the side!
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