I have made this recipe twice. Once exactly as directed and tonight with quite a few modifications. The first time I enjoyed it but the second time it was much better. First I par-cooked the whole wheat penne noodles to insure thorough cooking and less oven time. Secondly, I browned the sausage (turkey) with some onion, garlic and red bell pepper (left over that needed to be used up). Third, I combined the reduced fat cream of mushroom, 1.5 C skim milk and 1 C reduced fat colby jack (all I had) along with a dash of cayenne pepper and heated it on the stove until the cheese had melted. Finally I combined everything, along with 1/2 C peas and 1/2 C corn (left over, as well). I covered everything with another sprinkling of cheese and covered with foil, baking for 20 min. After 20 minutes, I removed the foil and topped with some herbed buttered bread crumbs combined with a few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, which I sprinkled over the top (I didn't have any French Fried Onions). This was very good. Thanks for the great recipe. It's simple and easy and though not terribly healthful, it's excellent comfort food. The modifications I've made, though more work, made for faster cook time and allowed everything to blend better.
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I have made this recipe twice. Once exactly as directed and tonight with quite a few...