Cheesy Summer Sausage Pasta Melt (Meal from Gift Baskets / Tip: Fast "Oven-Baked Casseroles")
Updated: Aug 26
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!