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Onion-Topped Sausage 'n' Mashed Potato Casserole

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Stylist: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 53 mins
Stand time 5 mins

Makes 6 servings


  • 1 (19.5-oz.) package sweet ground turkey sausage, casings removed*
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes in sauce
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped**
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free garlic-and-herb seasoning
  • 1 (24-oz.) package refrigerated garlic-flavored mashed potatoes
  • 1 (8-oz.) package shredded Italian five-cheese blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup French fried onions

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 6 to 8 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.

  2. Stir in tomatoes and next 3 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Transfer sausage mixture to a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.

  3. Stir together mashed potatoes, cheese, and Italian seasoning in a large bowl. (Mixture will be dry.) Spread potato mixture over sausage mixture in baking dish.

  4. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly. Top with fried onions, and bake 5 more minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

  5. *1 (1 1/4-lb.) package ground chicken sausage may be substituted.

  6. **1/2 tsp. dried basil may be substituted.

  7. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bob Evans Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend.