My husband and I love this dish! I did take other reader suggestions and cut the milk down less than half. I added onion and mushrooms, cut thick, as well as red pepper flakes. I also used Italian seasoning and oregano, instead of sage and rosemary, as we don't care for either sage or rosemary. It was delicious, and the garlic infused the dish perfectly.
Dracula's Revenge (Baked Penne with Sausage and Garlic)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 434
- Calories from fat: 30%
- Fat: 14.4g
- Saturated fat: 7.2g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4.5g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
- Protein: 26.3g
- Carbohydrate: 48.7g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Cholesterol: 57mg
- Iron: 3mg
- Sodium: 700mg
- Calcium: 425mg
- 2 whole garlic heads
- 1 pound sweet turkey Italian sausage
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 6 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 2/3 cup (about 2 1/2 ounces) shredded GruyÃ¨re or Swiss cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 cups hot cooked penne (about 1 pound uncooked tube-shaped pasta) or rigatoni
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap each head separately in foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Set garlic aside.
- Increase oven temperature to 400°.
- Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Place sausage in a large bowl; stir in sage and rosemary.
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add the flour to melted butter, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add the milk; cook until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk (about 10 minutes). Stir in roasted garlic, cheeses, salt, and pepper. Remove mixture from heat. Add 5 1/2 cups cheese sauce and cooked pasta to sausage, stirring to coat. Spoon pasta mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with remaining sauce. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
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