Italian Sausage Sub Casserole

I love this recipe that Eat at Home writer, Kim brings us today!

I love Italian sausage, and use it in the place of, or in addition to, ground beef in many recipes. I also really like Italian sausage subs. You can usually substitute it in the place of meatballs on a meatball sub or chicken in a chicken parm sub. I can not tell you how many of these I ate during my first pregnancy! Maybe that’s why my oldest loves sausage. This recipe is basically a sub sandwich in casserole form, and comes together quickly and easily.

Sub Casserole Ingredients EAHI used a cheese bread loaf purchased from my grocery store’s deli, but any good thick bread will work. You can’t have too much cheese in my house! I also used turkey Italian sausage, reduced fat cream cheese and light mayo to cut the calories a little. You can use your favorites. Speaking of favorites, the sauce pictured – Newman’s Own Sockarooni, I highly recommend it!

Sub Casserole Collage EAH

I usually cut this recipe in half, so pictured is an 8 x 8. The recipe below is for a 9 x 13 casserole dish. You could also add peppers and onions, but I have to pass on that to get my kids to eat it. I even have to puree my sauce so there are no chunks! Any one else have super picky eaters?

Italian Sausage Sub Casserole EAH

Italian Sausage Sub Casserole
All the flavors of an Italian Sausage sub sandwich, in casserole form!
Ingredients
  • 1 package Italian Sausage links (4-5 links)
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread
  • Olive oil, for coating bread
  • garlic powder, optional
  • 1 (8 ounce) brick Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook Italian sausage links according to package directions. Cut into 1 inch chunks.
  3. While sausage is cooking, slice bread into 1½ inch slices. Spray or brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Broil until lightly toasted on each side.
  4. Place toasted bread in a single layer in a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  5. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  6. Spread cream cheese mixture over bread, and top with ½ the cheese.
  7. Place Italian sausage over cheese.
  8. Pour spaghetti sauce and water over the sausage and top with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.

I do love a casserole, and this one is a keeper!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and lots of desserts!

Easy Dijon Tarragon Tilapia – 5 minute prep in morning, 20 minute bake at dinner

Tilapia is so quick and easy to make.  Especially, if you don’t even bother to thaw it.

For this meal, I prepped it early in the day and put the pan in the fridge.  It only took a few minutes to put together.  And at dinner time, all I had to do was turn on the oven and put the pan in to bake.

You could use this prep-fridge-bake system for all kinds of different seasonings, but this time I chose an easy, buttery lemon juice sauce with Dijon mustard, garlic and tarragon.

Looking for meatless meals for Lent?  Check out 35 Favorite Meatless Meals.

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Tortellini Meatball Soup with Mini Baguettes

This meal is so fast to get on the table.  The soup cooks up very quickly and Sister Schubert’s Mini Baguettes are not only the prefect accompaniment, they are also quick to the table.

Do you like dipping bread in your soup?  I do and these were perfect for doing that.  The outside of the baguette is crunchy, making them great for dipping.  The inside is soft and warm, which gives them a homemade taste.  I also really appreciate that they are individual servings, versus a whole loaf that needs to be cut.  When you need to get dinner to the table fast, every little time-saving step helps!

The other thing I love about this whole meal is that it requires no advanced planning.  It’s basically a pantry/freezer meal.  All the ingredients can be kept on hand and pulled out when you need them.  The Mini Baguettes warm in the oven while the soup comes together.   I love meals like this!

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Drive. Play. Feed. Sports Season Suppers – 15 Minute Meals

Judging from the comments, this is a series that hits close to home for many of you.  Juggling kids, activities and dinner can be difficult.  But it can also be done, with a bit of planning.

So far, we’ve covered packing meals, grocery store meals that can be put together in a quick buzz through the store, and rockin’ the slow cooker.

Today, we’re talking super-quick meals you can cook in just minutes.

Gather Your Go-To Meals

We all have meals we can make quickly.  You know the kind.  Your family likes it and you can make it with your eyes closed.

Make a list of those meals.  Post it in a visible place, like the inside of your pantry door.  That way, when you come in with hungry, frazzled kids you know exactly what you can fix.  Minimal thinking required.

Be sure to keep all the ingredients on hand for those meals.  If you know you’ve got the makings of a 15 minute meal at home, it will be much easier to drive right past the fast-food places.

Having a plan saves you money!

One spin through a fast-food restaurant sets my family back at least $20, often a bit more.  And that’s with sharing fries and only ordering water to drink.  I can make dinner at home for less than half of that and often have enough leftover for lunch the next day.

Once a week = $80 per month = $960 per year!

Twice a week = $160 per month = $1920 per year!

Have you been trying to save for a big ticket item?  Are you eating your vacation/new furniture/debt reduction little by little each month?

My fastest meals can be found in my ebook, Feast in 15.

Meals like Garlic Lime Shrimp and Italian Nachos are fast to fix, but taste like you spent lots of time cooking.

Much better and cheaper than drive-thru.

Want to save a little bit more?  Use the code DrivePlayFeed for a 20% off discount, bringing the price to just $3.99!

 

Resolutionize Your Kitchen and Cooking: 25 Meals in 20 Minutes or Less

25 meals in 20 minutes or less

Resolutionize: verb Enacting a mini revolution on your New Year’s Resolution. Small action with big impact.

I like eating out, but not when it means an unplanned trip through the drive-thru for so-so food that is expensive.  I know I can make much better food at home for less money.  And a good meal doesn’t have to take a long time to fix.

Here are a few tips for super quick meals:

  • Keep a list of quick meals and recipes inside your pantry door or near your calendar.
  • Keep the ingredients for those meals in your pantry and fridge.
  • A freezer stocked with cooked chicken and hamburger helps speed dinner to the table.
  • Pasta and egg dishes are often fast meals.  As a bonus, they’re inexpensive too.

And now for the list of 25 meals that can be made in 20 minutes or less.  I’ve also added a list of quick side dishes to round out your meal.   As a bonus, if you subscribe by email to Eat at Home you will have access to 5 more meals that can be fixed in 15 minutes.  These 5 meals have printable recipes that include several variations on each meal to take into account what you may have available in your pantry. [Read more…]

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