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Cheesy Summer Sausage Pasta Melt (Meal from Gift Baskets / Tip: Fast "Oven-Baked Casseroles")

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

This is a recipe directly from gift baskets! It's a fast & easy version of an "oven-baked casserole" you might cook in the oven for 45 min. or an 1 hour.

This is a small individual portion, but you can multiply the ingredients to make a larger portion. You can follow the same steps though -- and basically the

Tip: Fast "Oven-Baked casseroles"

To make an "oven-baked casseroles", I like to microwave then ingredients and then broil on HI for a few minutes to get the brown crusty topping of an oven-baked casserole.

These are the gift baskets the food came from. :)


- 2 oz. rotini

- 2 oz. summer sausage

- 1 tablespoon of sour cream

- About 1 oz. cheddar (or other melt-y cheese)

- 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

- 1/2 tsp of onion powder

- salt & pepper to taste

This is 2 oz. of summer sausage. You could use Italian sausage or another type of sausage. 

Check out my post for a tip about grating cheese I learned.




1.) Cook pasta in generally salted water; this is rotini. Another shape is fine.

2.) Optional, but tasty step: While the pasta is cooking -- — brown the summer sausage in oil on medium/medium-high. 

-- My Mom & I do this with summer sausage that came in gift baskets and just eat it. Yum! :)

-- You can just put it in the dish without browning it.

3.) Once pasta is cooked, drain it & combine pasta with sausage, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder in your serving dish.

4.) Mix everything together and top with cheese.

4.) Microwave for 1 min. 15 sec. or until cheese is melted.

-- You may need to microwave it longer -- especially if you are making a larger portion.

5.) Also optional - but tasty: Broil on HI for a few minutes to get cheese browned.

Give it a try! We are good at this!

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