If you love comfort food, this Italian Sausage Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Recipe is a must try. Dinner is so easy when you make this tasty casserole full of cheesy goodness, hearty meat and tangy tomatoes. It is the best casserole and so simple to make.
Italian Sausage Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Recipe
We love spaghetti at our house! Though it is a staple, I wanted a dinner that was similar, but lighter to enjoy year round.
Welcome ‘Easy Italian Macaroni & Cheese Dinner’. Not only does this have a wonderful flavor that is light enough for even the warmer months of the year but it is very simple to make.
Simple enough that one of my grade-schoolers helped me make it. 🙂 Enjoy!! It is the best meal!
If your family loves macaroni and cheese, take it up a level with this tasty macaroni casserole. This meal is the perfect recipe to try on busy week nights.
Everything you need for a fantastic meal is in this casserole. It is so cheesy and delicious that even your pickiest eaters will go crazy over this dish.
The Italian Sausage really adds a great flavor to the macaroni and the tomatoes pull it all together for a great dinner. You will love this!
We love recipes that have everything you need in one dish for a great meal. It sure does help around here when we are all running from work to school and endless activities.
What can I serve with Sausage Mac and Cheese Casserole?
Everything you need for the most amazing dinner is in this casserole. The only thing you might want to add is a simple side salad to go with it.
Other than that, you really don’t need much. This casserole has all that you need and is so easy and the perfect dinner idea.
You will love having such an amazing recipe that the family is guaranteed to love. This one stays on constant rotation at our house and is a frequent recipe on our menu plan.
Once I find something everyone enjoys and it is budget friendly, I keep it around!
What do I need to make this Easy Mac and Cheese Casserole?
- ground sausage
- diced tomatoes and tomato sauce
That’s it! I told you it was such a simple meal.
You don’t need a ton of complicated ingredients for this amazing meal. You can easily substitute different types of meat or pasta to suit what you have on hand.
We have used all sorts of different pasta depending on what we had in the pantry. This recipe is so good!
It is so simple to make this tasty Baked mac and cheese!
Brown the ground sausage with the onions.
Add all the seasonings and stir together with the ground sausage.
Stir in the tomatoes and tomato sauce. This is really coming together now!
Add the pasta. We used elbow macaroni.
Alternate noodles and sauce and cheese until you have all the mixture in your casserole dish.
Top with more sauce! Salt and Pepper to taste.
Top with the remaining cheese. Yum!
Try Country Sausage Macaroni and Cheese.
This recipe is very easy to make and so versatile. You can easily substitute country style sausage instead of Italian sausage in this recipe.
It gives it a little bit of a different flavor and really tasty.
You can also try making Breakfast Sausage mac and cheese!
Switch up a few ingredients and use a breakfast style sausage for this recipe. It is so delicious and very easy to modify according to what you have.
This recipe is so easy and delicious with all sorts of ingredients.
Macaroni and Cheese casserole is budget friendly!
If you like this recipe, try adding shredded chicken or ground beef to your tomato mixture. This is a nice change and goes really well with the tomatoes.
We have even used ground turkey and it was amazing. The entire family didn’t even notice I used turkey and said it was great!
That is another thing I love about this recipe. It is just so easy to use what is in your freezer or on sale that week at the grocery store.
You can easily add an extra can of tomato sauce and a more pasta to make this meal go even further. It is so frugal and a great way to stretch your meat budget.
We used elbow macaroni this time but have used penne pasta and even bow tie pasta before. Yum!
By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.
Everyone loves this delicious dish so it is on our permanent menu plan rotation. In fact, I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning!
Save that money for a family vacation or maybe just some wiggle room in the budget. Easy recipes like this keep my family happy and my grocery budget in good shape.
This is how I keep our grocery budget reasonable and prevent last minute temptations to grab take out! Your family will love this meal too!
Tips for Sausage Macaroni Skillet:
This meal is also really great to take to pot luck dinners or if you need to take a dish to someone recovering from surgery and such. The ones with the lid are really handy if you are taking this dish somewhere.
Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop onions for this recipe. I actually do this with peppers too.
You will love how much time it saves by having these in the freezer to easily grab for meals. It really saves a lot of time from chopping onions in the morning when you are trying to get ready for the day and also put dinner in the slow cooker.
If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine.
I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.
This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
This is one of our favorite mac and cheese meals!
This macaroni and cheese recipe is so easy. You can even adapt this recipe easily for the crock pot if you will be away from home all day.
You simply can’t go wrong with this easy recipe. Sometimes I will make a cheese sauce with cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese and evaporated milk. Add the rest of the ingredients and then make a bread crumb topping.
It is amazing and just a little change for something new! Even the pickiest of eaters will love this casserole style recipe.
It is hearty enough to feed the biggest eaters but light enough to enjoy year round. It is the best comfort food but also light enough for the hot summer months!
We enjoy Italian Sausage macaroni and cheese casserole recipe year round. It is always a hit and the kids go crazy over it!
Print this Easy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Recipe below:
Easy Italian Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Recipe
- 1 pound your favorite pasta we used small elbows
- 1 pound ground sausage
- 1 – 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 – 8 oz can tomato sauce
- ½ onion diced
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups cups grated Mozzarella cheese
- Prepare your noodles as directed on product package.
- While noodles are cooking, brown the ground sausage and drain.
- Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, and onion in a large skillet. Simmer over medium to low for 10 minutes (or until onions become soft).
- Heat oven to 350 F (175 C). Spray 13 X 9 pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked noodles with 1 cup tomato mixture. Pour about half of the noodle mixture in the prepared dish.
- Top noodles with ½ cup tomato mixture, ¼ cup Parmesan and half the Mozzarella cheeses.
- Pour the remainder of the noodles in the dish (do NOT mix). Top with remaining tomato mixture and cheeses.
- Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes or until cheese on top is a soft golden brown.
- Serve and enjoy immediately!
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