Quick & Easy Chicken Sausage Casserole

19 Feb

Cooking during a busy work week can be hard.  After a long day, I usually just want to come home and unwind.  So, in an effort to increase my relaxation time, I look for quick, healthy meals that can be prepared easily after work.

One of the easiest weeknight meals is a casserole.  It tastes great with a few, simple ingredients and it’s quick to come together.  In fact, it could even be prepared in advance, refrigerated, and then heated up when you’re ready to eat.

Also, it can create lots of leftovers.  Which is great for those nights when the TV’s pull is stronger than your will power, haha.

Quick & Easy Chicken Sausage Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta (A little bit more than half the box was left, so I used about 9.15 oz.)
  • 4 oz chicken or chicken sausage
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 8 oz of 1% cottage cheese (After I took the picture, I swapped the greek yogurt for cottage cheese.  You can use either.)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese to taste

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, spray skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat.  Cook onions until fragrant; about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for 1-2 more minutes.

Add chicken to skillet and cook until juices run clear; about 8-10 minutes.  If using pre-cooked, chicken sausage, add to the skillet in the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare your sauce.  In a bowl, combine tomato sauce, cottage cheese, pesto, mozzarella, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Once pasta is done, rinse and add to the sauce.  Mix to evenly coat the pasta.  Fold in chicken.

Pour mixture into a 8×8 baking dish.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

Cover the pan with foil.  Cook for 25-30 minutes, remove foil and cook for another 5-10 minutes.  While the casserole was cooking, I chopped some broccoli and kale to serve on the side.

When the casserole is done, the sauce should be bubbly and the parmesan cheese should be lightly browned.

Let it stand for a few minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

Do you have any quick & easy, weeknight meals?

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