Cheesy Sausage Casserole

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Take baked mac & cheese to a whole new level with this Cheesy Sausage Casserole. It is essential a scratch-made mac & cheese with some green chilies and andouille sausage tossed in to make it the main course. Casseroles and bakes are awesome for a weeknight because it’s easy to throw together some ingredients and then get other stuff done while it bakes.

Cheesy Sausage Casserole

To give this casserole a little something extra, I added a crunchy top to it – with some crushed-up garlic-flavored croutons. Really gives it another texture – which is always important for casseroles – as they can often come out sort of mushy. If you don’t have croutons, you could use panko crumbs mixed with melted butter and parmesan cheese. You could also use some crackers – just be mindful of how much butter is already in the crackers – too much oil and the top won’t crisp up.

Cheesy Sausage Casserole

This casserole is very filling – lots of pasta, cheese and sausage. So you probably won’t need a side dish unless you are trying to stretch it for more people or save some for leftovers. I would suggest a nice steamed or roasted veggie like broccoli or cauliflower or maybe even some summer squash.

Cheesy Sausage Casserole

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Cheesy Sausage Casserole

A delightful cheesy pasta casserole with andouille sausage and a crispy topping.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword andouille, casseroles, cheddar, cheese, Pasta, pasta dishes, Sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Andouille Sausage cut into ½-inch coins
  • lb Short Pasta elbows, macaroni, shells
  • 1 7 oz can Green Chilies
  • 1 cup Garlic Croutons crushed
  • 4 tbsp Butter melted

For the Cheese Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400deg. Start water boiling from pasta.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter, garlic powder and salt. Once melted whisk in flour and cook for 3 minutes. Then whisk in chicken broth and cook for 3 minutes. Next whisk in heavy cream and cook for 3 minutes. Finally, add cheese and whisk until melted.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain in colander and transfer to 13×9 baking dish. Add sauce, green chilies and sausage. Stir to coat.
  • Combine melted butter with crushed croutons. Spread over top of pasta mixture. Place in oven for 20 minutes.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

3 thoughts on “Cheesy Sausage Casserole

  1. Another fav my hubs would like. Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 28. Pinned!

  2. I can just taste the layers of flavors, pasta, cheese and sausage and that garlic flavored crunch topping. Thanks again for sharing at the FWF link party.

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