Sausage and Noodle Casserole

Sausage and noodle casserole

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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
497 Calories
27g Fat
41g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 497
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 1506mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 21g
Calcium 118mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This sausage and noodle casserole is an excellent choice for an everyday weeknight meal. With no more than 15 minutes prep time, you'll have a satisfying family dinner in less than 45 minutes. It's a tasty one-pot meal to serve with dinner rolls or buttermilk biscuits and steamed vegetables or a salad. 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces egg noodles (medium)
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup French fried onions (crumbled)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for sausage and noodle casserole
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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F. Lightly butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish or spray it with cooking oil spray.

    Butter baking dish
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  3. Cook the noodles in a saucepan of boiling salted water following the package directions.

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  4. Drain in a colander and set aside.

    Drain in a colander
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  5. Crumble the sausage into a large skillet and add the chopped onion and green bell pepper. 

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  6. Place the skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the sausage has browned and vegetables are tender. Drain off excess drippings.

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  7. In a large bowl, combine the sausage mixture with the cream of chicken soup, water, and cooked noodles. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.

    Ingredients in bowl
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  8. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with crumbled French fried onions.

    Spoon mixture into dish
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  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

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  10. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Consider browning large amounts of sausage and other kinds of ground meat ahead of time for meals throughout the week. Season as you like or add seasoning when you use it in a recipe. Freeze browned and well-drained ground meat in meal-size portions for up to 3 months. Be sure to label each container with the name and date.
  • The casserole calls for a topping of crumbled French fried onion rings, but buttered bread crumbs would work as well. Or skip the crumb topping and scatter about 1 cup of shredded cheddar or cheddar jack cheese on the casserole just before it comes out of the oven.
  • Use your favorite brand of sausage in the casserole. Sweet or hot Italian sausage or chorizo would be delicious in the dish or use a country style breakfast sausage or a turkey sausage blend. 
  • To add some color to the dish (along with nutrients) add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of lightly steamed frozen peas, mixed vegetables, or peas and carrots. Or add some freshly chopped parsley to the dish.
  • While condensed soup is a convenience, you might prefer to make your sauce from scratch. The canned soup and water may be replaced with 2 cups of a basic white sauce
  • Or add milk or half-and-half to the condensed soup for a richer sauce.
  • The recipe calls for cream of chicken soup, but cream of celery or cream of mushroom may be used if you prefer, or if that's what you have on hand.