What's in your freezer? Meats? Veggies? Some sort of boxed meal? Maybe you want something more homemade, but you're not sure where to start? I put this casserole together when I needed something quick and easy that kids and adults would both enjoy. It's my go-to recipe when I need to make dinner for a new mom or a friend that is sick. It's a quick weeknight meal and we usually have it with a salad and garlic bread. This easy pasta casserole freezes well if you want to make it ahead of time, but it only takes about 30 minutes to make on a busy weeknight. Make some room in your freezer and make a double batch. Future you will thank you.
It has a lot of the flavors of lasagna, so if that is a fave in your house then your family will definitely go for this. (Personally, I don't know any kid that doesn't like pasta.) I like to make it with Italian sausage, but you can also use hamburger or ground turkey or chicken if you want. Since they don't include spices, you may want to add a little more seasoning if you do. You can also throw in some veggies like traditional onion and green peppers or eggplant and broccoli. This is a really versatile recipe – customize it to your family's tastes.
Italian Pasta Casserole is an easy meal to take to a large function or for any friend in need. (Make two each time you make it, and you'll never be without!)
If you're looking to control portion size, make several in smaller containers to freeze for lunches or dinner paired with a healthy green salad and light dressing. All the indulgence of lasagna, but far easier to make on a weeknight! Enjoy!