Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

September 29, 2012 at 1:54 am | Posted in Casserole, Main Dish, Smoked Sausage | Leave a comment

The original recipe for this casserole is from Food.com.  The recipe was to serve 4-6 people but I switched it around a bit to fill the three of us.

Ingredients:

2 Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into slices and boiled 10 minutes
3 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, diced
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 lb. smoked sausage (Eckrich)
1/2 cup frozen green beans, slightly thawed
1/4 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cut sausage into rings and then cut each ring in half; cook in frying pan for maybe 10 minutes, stirring often, until sausage browns.  Drain well, leave a bit of fat in the pan.  Put sausage into ungreased 1 1/2 quart baking dish.

Some of the sausage, getting hot in the pan.

I slice my potatoes in half and then length-wise and then slice smaller

boil for only 10 minutes; if they’re cooked all the way, they’ll get mushy

drain well

Take drained and cooked potatoes and put in baking dish with sausage; mix gently.

Make cheese sauce:  use the same pan you browned the sausage for extra flavor.  Add butter and melt.

melting!

When butter is totally melted, slowly add flour, using whisk so that it blends well.  Add milk, very slowly and continue whisking to avoid lumps.

Once milk is in pan and you’re still whisking, add the Velveeta cheese.  Continue to whisk until cheese melts.

Velveeta getting nice and melted

almost ready!

Add green beans to sausage and potato; mix gently.

Pour cheese sauce over sausage, potato and green beans.  Top with sharp cheddar and sprinkle with paprika.

Looks yummy, doesn’t it?

Looks even better with MORE cheese!

Bake for 35 minutes until bubbly and browned on top.  Remove from oven and let rest on stove top for 10 minutes.

Serve!

Ready for the table!

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