Recipe by Progresso™ Recipe Starters™
"Serve your family a cheesy casserole featuring pasta, pork, Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy three cheese cooking sauce and tomatoes--a hearty dinner."
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1 1/2 cups
uncooked penne pasta
1 (9 ounce) pouch
Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy three cheese cooking sauce
1 (12 ounce) ring
fully cooked smoked pork sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 (14.5 ounce) can
petite diced tomatoes, well drained
shredded smoked Cheddar or smoked Gouda cheese
I thought this was a pretty good recipe. However, it does come out kind of bland and lacking in seasoning. For me though, this is an extremely easy fix.
I seasoned mine with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and some of my home made Italian seasoning (crushed sun dried tomatoes, basil, oregano, dried garlic, etc). I didn't have any smoked cheese, so I added a little bit of smoked paprika also. Still, this dish was really good and my family loved it. I suggest to anyone to experiment with it some more and make it their own.
I think the main thing to remember here, is these starter sauces are not inteneded to make gourmet meals but to help busy people prepare and make a family dinner in a short period of time and with very little fuss. I could see the sauce was on the watery side so while the pasta was cooking I simmered the sauce and tomatoes with some black pepper to thicken it a little and It really did seem to make a difference. I also added grated parmesan. This turned out ok, nothing I would rush to make again but an edible family meal!
Surprisingly good I have to admit I didn't think it would be. I did add chopped green peppers, garlic and sliced onion sautéed them all with the smoke sausage, then added cheese and Progresso Three Cheese Cooking Sauce and penne. followed direction and voila! Very good quick meal.
This dish is pretty darned good! I used fire roasted diced tomatos as that's what I had on hand, undercooked the pasta by 3 minutes and used a smoky cheddar which I doubled and it was really good. I wanted to eat a second serving but the richness of it kept me from being able to finish it all. My husband enjoyed it and told me he'd love for me to make this agin! I'd say tonight's dinner was a success!
This recipe was seriously saved, by the review of Terry E. I sauteed some roasted garlic chicken sausage, as that is what I had. I like sausage crisp, so I wasn't going to bake it raw. Like that reviewer I added the same additions: I did 1/2 green pepper sliced, 1 large garlic clove minced, and 1/4 small white onion sliced. After sauteing the sausage slices I turned the heat down and slightly caramelized those ingredients. I also added a pinch of garlic salt, and a 1/2 cup extra cheese to thicken it, as I found the sauce thin and in need of some extra flavor. I liked all of the ingredients, but there was an after taste of the tin can to the sauce. I am not against using canned sauces or soups, on occasion to save time, as long as they blend well with the rest of the ingredients in the dish. It was fine for my family, this evening, just not a dish I would serve to guests.
Very good with a few tweaks. Definitely needed diced green pepper and onion (sauted with the sliced sausage) and used Rotel in place of the diced tomatoes. Instead of smoked sausage I used venison ring bologna and that was perfect. Easy and filling!
While I was waiting for the oven to preheat and the pasta to cook, I decided to brown up the smoked sausage in a skillet with some onion and garlic-it was a nice touch, both for the look of the sausage and the flavor additions of the onions and garlic. When stirring in the cheese, I felt the need to add more and am glad I did. Other than that, this would be better with fire roasted diced tomatoes instead of plain.
Used a jar sauce (4 cheese rosa) and chicken-pineapple sausage with 2/3 sharp cheddar and 1/3 smoked gouda.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Smoky Sausage Penne
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 366
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