Bacon & Sausage Pasta Bake

Last week we had some friends coming over to eat and I wanted to use some of the deer sausage we had been given.  Pasta goes a long way, so I threw together this little recipe.

Here is what you need:

1 pound sliced link sausage (Italian would be great!)

12 ounces bacon cooked and crumbled

1/2 onion chopped

2 TBS olive oil

1 Can diced tomatoes

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 box penne pasta

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

20140211-133535.jpgBoil a pot of water and add your pasta.  Continue to boil for 7-8 minutes.

While your pasta is cooking, toss your onion and olive oil in a pan.  Cook on medium until the onions become clear.

Drain your pasta.

In a bowl combine the pasta, sausage, bacon, onion, diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce.


20140211-133601.jpgDump your mixture into a deep 9X13 pan.

20140211-133610.jpgSprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

YUM! 🙂

Stuffed Manicotti

We are HUGE pasta fans in our house.  We typically eat at least one pasta dish a week and this is one of our favorites!  Making this dish is a bit time consuming so I normally make double and freeze a batch for another meal.  Don’t worry if someone doesn’t like ricotta or cottage cheese…blended in, it only adds flavor.  My daughter Kinley doesn’t even notice.  Enjoy!


1 (8 ounce) package manicotti pasta
1 pound lean ground beef or 1 Pkg. Johnsonville Ground Italian Sausage
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese or ricotta
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cool boil pasta to half the recommended time on the package- then place ice cold water over manicotti. 20140114-121923.jpg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large skillet brown beef on medium heat. Drain and cool.  Combine beef or sausage, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg and oregano. Mix well.


Stuff shells with mixture. The key to stuffing the manicotti is by using a pastry bag or zip-lock bag (with corner cut).  Or just hold the noodle in one hand and plug the end with your fingers and stuff it with the other.


Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour enough spaghetti sauce in dish to cover the bottom. Place stuffed noodles in the dish.


Cover with spaghetti sauce and top with the remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake covered in preheated oven for 50 minutes. Enjoy!

Smoking Macaroni and Cheese

After trying to make several Mac n cheese recipes…I finally found one that is creamy with lots of sauce and a small bit of a bite but not too much for the kiddos taste buds.  It’s a delicious contrast with a serving of fresh corn on the cob and salad.  I’ve also doubled this recipe and it turned out great as a freezer meal too!  Hope you enjoy!

Mac & Cheese

1 pkg. Hillshire Farm Sausage
2 cups uncooked macaroni (about 8 ounces)
1 bar (8 ounces) sharp Cheddar cheese
1 bar (8 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers
¼ cup butter or margarine
1 cup heavy cream

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut sausage into ½” cubes. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add sausage to skillet and cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes or until sausage is lightly browned. Remove sausage from skillet; keep warm.  Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain, rinse and keep warm.  Shred both types of cheese and toss together in a bowl. Remove ½ cup of cheese for topping and set aside. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in combined cheeses and heavy cream; stir constantly until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.

mac & Cheese5Stir in sausage and cooked macaroni. Pour mixture into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle reserved ½ cup of cheese over top. Bake 20-25 minutes or until edges are bubbling.mac & Cheese 4

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

I have to tell you about these Sausage Rolls.  I’ve made these for several different occasions and also freeze them for quick snacks they are deeeelicious!!  I originally got the recipe from a friend in MOPS.  Sara made these for one of our meetings and I begged her for the recipe.  The kiddos adore them, and they’re super easy to make.  For an even MORE frugal savings, you can make your own Pillsbury Cresen Rolls that are super yum!


1lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage.

1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese

2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1 Table spoon poppy seeds

Brown sausage like hamburger meat (drain).  While preparing sausage, soften cream cheese in microwave for 15 seconds.  In a large bowl, combine cooked sausage with softened cream cheese.  Note:  The hot sausage helps the cheese melt a bit, and lets you mix it until it’s all nice and creamy.

unroll 1 can of dough and place on baking sheet. Spoon cooked sausage and cream cheese in the middle of the larger section of the crescent roll.

Fold over the long sides of the pastry to cover the sausage.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds(we call them sprinkles) and bake at 350 or 20 minutes until golden brown.  I’ve also seen them rolled and cut up and served too.

You can convince your kiddos to go anywhere with the promise of this yummy treat.  Enjoy!

Stuffed Biscuits

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These little cups of deliciousness are fantastic!!  I love to make them whenever I have my bible study ladies over, or when company comes.  They are a fun, fancy, frugal way to eat breakfast!

Start with this basic biscuit dough.   (You can used canned biscuits if you are in a hurry.)

Here is what you will need for the stuffing:

1 12 ounce package of breakfast sausage

10 eggs

4-6 ounces shredded cheese


Make your biscuit dough and roll it out.


Cut the dough into squares.  This will make it easier to roll them big enough to put in the muffin cups.


Form your dough and put some in each muffin cup.  Use your hand to press it gently into the cups.  If a hole forms, just pinch it back together.


After you brown the sausage, crack the eggs over it and mix them in.  Cook on medium heat.


When the eggs are mostly cooked but still kind of slimy, turn off the heat!  You are going to cook these again and don’t want the eggs to get too dry.


Sprinkle the cheese on top and stir it in to the egg and sausage mixture.  Then scoop into the muffins.  (I use an ice cream scoop….perfect size!)

Bake on 350 for 10-12 minutes and ENJOY!!


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