This is a casserole I came up with when I needed something quick and easy that kids and adults would both enjoy. It’s a quick week night meal. You can make Easy Italian Casserole ahead of time or at the last minute. It takes just a few more minutes than it takes to boil and cook pasta.
It has a lot of the flavors of lasagna, so if that is a fave in your house then your family will definitely go for this. I like to make it with italian sausage but you can also use hamburger or ground turkey or chicken if you want but you may want to add a little more seasoning if you do. You can also throw in some veggies like traditional onion and green peppers or eggplant and broccoli.
This pasta casserole is cheezy and hearty and served with a salad and garlic bread it’s a healthy meal. Easy Italian casserole is also perfect to take to a sick friend or a new mom.
12 oz rotelle noodles or the pasta of your choice
1 lb. ground Italian sausage pulled out of the casing
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 15 oz jar alfredo sauce
1 24 oz jar red spaghetti sauce
6 oz ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
2-3 cups of shredded mozzarella
Put a large stock pot of water on to boil.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Start to brown your sausage and sprinkle on the salt, pepper, italian seasoning and garlic powder.
When the sausage is browned drain on paper towels or in a colander.
When your water comes to a boil put in your pasta and cook al dente.
In a large bowl mix together your alfredo sauce, spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese and cooked sausage.
When your pasta is ready, drain it and mix in with your sauce mixture.
Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Put in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and bubbly.