Sausage Noodle Casserole, like Mac & Cheese, but Better

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Do you crave something like mac and cheese only a little meatier? This Sausage Noodle Casserole is just the ticket. Glorified mac and cheese, full of comfort and love, dotted with spicy bits of sausage and juicy peppers.

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Casseroles are some of my favorite things to prepare for dinner. Not only are they hearty, but they freeze well, bake up beautifully, and leave only one main dish to wash.

If you play your cards right, you can even sneak any amount of nutrition into a casserole while the kids and spouse aren’t looking. Mushrooms, onions, and peppers? Oh yeah, they hide very well in casseroles.

This Sausage Noodle Casserole has gone over extremely well at my house. It’s got all the homey comforts of macaroni and cheese, but extra oomph from the spicy sausage, veggies, and rich sauce. My kids keep asking for me to make it again and again.

So basically, this is a glorified mac and cheese, which isn’t all that complex, except for one thing. I do insist that you use Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup to prepare it. The homemade sauce really does take it over the top. A canned substitute just won’t do it. So, while you’re making the sauce, make extra so you can make several batches of this Sausage Noodle Casserole.

Trust me.

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How I make this good and cheap:

This Sausage Noodle Casserole is pretty economical by virtue of its being a simple pasta dish. Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe even more affordable:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale! When I see a great price on pasta, I buy a lot of it. We almost always have a stockpile of noodles in the pantry. Bell peppers and Italian sausage go on sale often, so I load up when I can.
  • Shop at your cheapest stores. This may vary based on where you live and how close you are to great stores. For me, Costco and ALDI are the best game in town, even though I have to drive a town over to get to them.
  • A little dab will do ya. Sundried tomatoes and pesto are packed with flavor so you don’t need to use a lot.

Tools I use to make this recipe easy:

This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment to cook pasta! However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Deb says:

    This sounds amazing! How long do we bake it, please? (Step 7 is missing at the time of this comment.) Thanks!!

  2. Sandi says:

    As this looks like it is baked after everything is prepared, I presume the “30 minutes cook time” refers to how long it is in the oven? I’ve got a couple mild and hot sausages already cooked and hanging out in the fridge to be used so this could be a way to use them up.

    • My apologies for the delay in replying. The last month has taken me by storm. Yes, the cook time refers to oven baking time. I usually quantify prep cooking under prep time.

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