Penne Pasta and Smoked Sausage Bake
This recipe is one of my husband's favorite recipes.
It is hearty and full of flavor.
UPDATE: I recently made this recipe using a can of cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic instead of just plain cream of mushroom soup. The roasted garlic in the cream of mushroom soup added such a delicious element to the sausage and pasta. I HIGHLY recommend doing this! However, if you don't have the roasted garlic cream of mushroom soup, regular cream of mushroom soup will work fine.
Penne Pasta and Smoked Sausage Bake Recipe
1 box penne pasta, cooked and drained
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup (I prefer cream of mushroom soup that has roasted garlic for enhanced flavors)
1 1/2 cups french fried onions
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I prefer colby jack with this recipe)
2 cups frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat for 5 minutes; drain. In a large bowl, combine milk and soup. Stir in 1 french onions, 1 cup cheese, peas and sausage.Drain pasta; stir into sausage mixture. Add salt and pepper.
Transfer to a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining french onions and cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.