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4 – 5 c. leftover sausage in cheese sauce from last night

1 pack Simply Potatoes O’Brien Hash Browns

2 Tbsp. butter and 2 Tbsp oil

Brown hash browns and combine in prepared 13 x 9 baking dish with leftover cheesy sausage.


Bake 350 F for 30 minutes.


The other night I made Italian Hot Sausage in the Crock Pot (which we ate as subs)  I used the leftover sausage and sauce to make this casserole.  The recipe for the Hot Sausage follows.

4 leftover sausage

4 c. leftover pasta sauce

2 bags frozen cheese tortellini

2 c. shredded cheese

Combine one package frozen tortellini with 2 c. of sauce and layer in bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  I did it right in the baking dish so I wouldn’t have another dish to wash!



Slice sausage and layer evenly over tortellini.


Sprinkle with cheese.

Mix remaining package of tortellini with remaining sauce.

Spread into baking dish.

Sprinkle remaining cheese.


I covered mine with foil and refrigerated it overnight.

Bake 350 F for 40-45 minutes.


Here’s how I made the sausage:

2 lb. Italian sausage (hot)

4 c. fresh spinach

1 c. shredded carrots

1/2 large sweet onion, chopped

(add in mushrooms, garlic, peppers, etc. all to taste)

2 jars pasta sauce or 6 cups homemade

1/2 c. red wine

Place veggies in crock pot.


Layer sausage over veggies.


Pour sauce over sausage.  Use wine to get the last little bit out of the jars if using sauce in a jar.  Pour it around the outer edge of the crock pot.


Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.

Save the sauce!  I put it in the freezer for a future meal if I’m not using it right away.

Baked Spaghetti Casserole/Meal Three (No Kidding!)

4 C. leftover spaghetti (I had served it with butter and Italian seasoning)
1/2 Jar sauce (I used the Gia Russa again)
1 medium container ricotta cheese
1/2 pack frozen peas
Leftover meatballs
1/2 lb. sausage, cooked and broken up into bite size pieces

Place spaghetti in a large bowl. Chop into 1 inch pieces using kitchen shears. Top with meatballs, cut into small pieces.
Add sausage and sauce.
Add ricotta and defrosted peas and blend.
Pour into greased lasagne dish.

Bake covered with foil for 30-35 minutes.

Top with shredded cheese and cook 10 minutes more.

Similar to baked ziti, but we really liked the small pieces of pasta!


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