Casseroles are wonderful, wonderful things. They might not look very fancy, but they are delicious, hearty, and perfect for satisfying that comfort-food craving. I usually make a tuna noodle casserole, but I’ve been wanting to branch out a bit lately. With a little inspiration from this recipe, I came up with this delicious pasta casserole using our Dry Creek wine.
1 bundle brocolli, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 pound Aidells pineapple and bacon chicken sausages (or sausage of your choice), sliced
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup cubed mozerella cheese
1/4 cup flour
4 TBL butter
1 and 1/2 cups Dry Creek
1 and 1/2 cups turkey, chicken, or beef broth
2 cloves garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
- In a large stockpot, heat up 5 quarts of water and cook pasta according to package directions. Two to three minutes before the pasta finishes cooking, add the broccoli.
- Drain pot and place broccoli and pasta together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- To save on washing dishes, use the empty stockpot that you just cooked the pasta & broccoli in.* Add a drizzle of olive oil, place pot over medium-high heat and add the sliced sausages once the oil is warmed. Cook until slices are browned. Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage to bowl with pasta and broccoli.
- Decrease the heat to medium. Add the butter to the stock pot (decrease your butter by a tablespoon IF you think you have a tablespoon’s worth of oil left in the pot from cooking the sausage. If not, then stick with the 4 TBL of butter). Once melted stir in the flour. Once the flour and butter have been mixed together and formed a paste, pour in the wine and broth little by little, stirring constantly to fully incorporate each addition before adding more liquid. Once the flour/butter has become more liquid-like and less paste-y, you can add larger quantities of liquid at a time. Once all the liquid has been added, add your garlic, salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a low simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour the sauce over the pasta blend, add the mozerella chunks and half the parmesan cheese. Stir everything together.
- Now add the pasta mixture to a large 9X13 casserole dish and sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese over the top. Place in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until everything has heated through and the edges of the pasta have a nice light browning on the top. Oh, call your neighbors to invite them over for dinner, because you just realized how much this recipe makes. WAY to much for just you and your husband to eat on your own, for sure.
My neighbors came over to help us eat this and complimented me many times on the dish (and I’m just sure those compliments had nothing to do with all the Dry Creek wine we drank with dinner). I know this seemed like a lot of steps, but don’t be afraid of it – this really didn’t take much time to make. You could even speed it up by pulling out a skillet and starting on step 3 while the pasta and broccoli is cooking.
Let me know if you make this and what you think of it! Cheers!