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This yummy baked smoked sausage pasta gem actually came one night when I was in a bit of a jam. I knew that I needed to make something for supper, but I didn’t have any meat thawed and really didn’t want to have to go to the store to buy anything! I happened to have some smoked sausage in the freezer and so I threw the package into a little water bath to thaw it and whipped this together. It’s super simple and you can modify it some to suit your tastes.
For mine, I used a spicy smoked sausage that has a bit of a kick. You can also use kielbasa and can do either pork or chicken sausage. Uncured smoked sausage is what I recommend for this. If you can find a local farm that makes it…even better! Local is always a good choice! You might be able to find a local farm at a farmer’s market in your area.
I also made this gluten-free by using brown rice pasta. But you could use wheat flour or even chickpea flour. I topped this with cheddar cheese, but you can use any type of block cheese that you’d like. Some suggestions would be cheddar, Monterrey Jack, mozzarella, Colby. I do recommend shredding your own to avoid the cellulose used in pre-shredded cheese as a way to keep it from clumping.
I was really surprised at how tasty and filling this baked smoked sausage pasta was! It is definitely going on my “make it again” list.
Baked Smoked Sausage Pasta (Recipes for Two)
- ¼ lb smoked sausage
- 3 oz pasta cooked according to package
- ¼ cup onions
- 8 oz can tomato sauce
- ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
- ½ tsp oregano
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ tsp real salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Mix all ingredients except cheese in medium mixing bowl.
- Mix well
- Add to small casserole dish.
- Top with cheese.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes