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Italian Sausage Casserole

italian sausage casserole in a pan


We are all busy these days.  Moms with young kids, parents juggling work, kids, practices, etc.  I don’t know how all the people who have to travel for their jobs all of the time, manage to keep up with things.  I am so thankful to be able to work from home, and be here before and after school for my son.  He is involved in plenty of activities, so our nights can get crazy!  So I always need a few tricks up my sleeve to get dinner on the table quickly.

italian sausage casserole in a pan

My latest trick involves Progresso Recipe Starters.  They are basic sauces that can bring dinner together in a short time, with just a few extra ingredients.  Most of the recipes call for just a handful of ingredients, that are common pantry staples.  So on those busy nights, you can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes with minimal work.  Plus there are so many options, things never get old.

italian sausage casserole in a pan

All of the packages come up a few recipes ideas, or you can go to the Recipe Starters page, for even more ideas.  I used the Fire Roasted Tomato kit to come up with a recipe of my own.  The sauce is mixed with browned Italian sausage and a few seasonings.  It is then poured over a bed of polenta, topped with cheese and baked.  Quick, easy, and the whole family loved it!  Plus the leftovers were great for lunch the next day.  The other night I used the garlic cream sauce and mixed it with a can of crushed tomatoes for a great creamy pasta sauce.

Yield: 4

Italian Sausage Casserole

italian sausage casserole in a pan

Creamy polenta topped with Italian sausage and gooey cheese. Ready in under 30 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup polenta, (corn grits)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pound bulk Italian Sausage
  • 1 package Fire Roasted Tomato Recipe Starter
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan heat milk and chicken broth over medium heat. Stir in polenta and salt. Cook for about 15 minutes or until thick and creamy, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour into an 9 inch square casserole dish.
  4. Meanwhile brown Italian sausage in a large skillet until cooked through. Stir in fire roasted tomato sauce, oregano, and Italian seasoning. Pour over the polenta. Top with cheese.
  5. Bake for 10 minute or until the cheese is melted.
  6. Serve immediately

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 597Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 105mgSodium 2080mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 34g

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Mary Slanker

Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Looking very tasty. Thanks for sharing the amazing recipe.

Chris David

Monday 11th of April 2022

Really delicious recipe. I love it yummy!!! It's really awesome


Wednesday 17th of November 2021

This recipe is confusing. Polenta is a porridge made from corn meal...

But mixing a cup of polenta ( the cooked porridge) with the 3 cups of liquid yields nothing that looks like the picture.

Did you mean to make the polenta using the milk and chicken broth?

Erin S

Thursday 18th of November 2021

The recipes uses uncooked polenta. The bag of cornmeal mixture that I buy from the store is called Polenta, and then you cook it with milk and chicken broth to come up with the final dish.


Sunday 4th of March 2018

Does Progresso still make the fire roasted tomato recipe starter? I could not find it. IF not, what could I substitute?

This recipe looks delicious!

Erin S

Sunday 4th of March 2018

I am not sure they still make it. I would use a can of fire roasted tomatoes in it's place. After you mic with everything taste to adjust the seasonings if necessary.


Tuesday 15th of April 2014

What a unique twist on a classic! This is sure to make my family's mouths water. And thanks so much for using ingredients that are affordable; it makes sticking to a budget that much easier and makes my time spent in the kitchen much, much shorter!

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