Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Italian Cavatini Made It- Now We Need Your Votes!

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Big K, Little a is having a recipe contest the rules are available on her site.  If you liked this recipe and want it to make it to the final round please vote for it!  Thank you for your support.  Even if you don't like Italian food please vote for someone at Big K, little a


The Good: Delicious, easy to make for groups, low cost and freezes well.
The Bad: Unfortunately the sauce is not homemade.
The Ugly: If you are not good at multi-tasking it may be difficult for you to cook the sausage and the mushrooms at the same time.

Suggestions before starting:
Feel free to add or subtract ingredients to this recipe. It is also great with onions and peppers. Just remember if sauteing all the vegetables together be sure to cut them the same size so they saute evenly.
Our family traditionally uses Prego for the sauce. My favorite is the Mushroom Prego.
It has become increasingly hard to find Tri-Noodles. Any noodle will work but I still like to mix at least shells and rotini (50/50).
If it is too difficult to cook the sausage at the same time as the mushrooms, precook the mushrooms before even starting the water.
To save time warm the sauce up in the microwave before putting in casserole dish.
Recipe Total Time: Approx 45 minutes
Recipe Yields 8 servings
Preheat oven: 350

  • 1 large jar of your favorite marinara
  • 1 box Tri-Noodles
  • 1 pkg Italian Sausage
  • 2-4 T butter or margarine
  • fresh mushrooms
  • Italian blend shredded cheese


Preheat oven to 350. In a large sauce pan, bring water for the noodles to a boil. While waiting for water to boil, begin cooking the Italian sausage at medium to medium low heat in a large frying pan. Add noodles to boiling water and boil until tender or follow instructions on box.

In a separate frying pan, melt butter on high. Once the butter is melted add the mushrooms to begin sauteing. Mushrooms should be a dark grayish brown and jumping out of the pan when they are done. Fun Fact: Saute means "to jump".

In a large casserole dish, pour 1/4 of the sauce in the bottom of the pan. When sausage, noodles and mushrooms are fully cooked begin placing in the casserole dish layering with sauce. Mix sausage, noodles, mushrooms and sauce so all ingredients are covered in sauce.

Place casserole dish in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Cover with cheese and place back into oven until cheese is melted.

Enjoy :)


doreen said...

This looks really good! I am a new visitor and follower via Becca's Perspective. I was looking for a few recipes to take to the beach...
I voted for ya!!!

OrangeHeroMama said...

oh my word! your blog is just so darn YUMMY!!!

happy to follow you back!

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amazey said...

Pretty cool...going over there to place my vote. Thanks! Your newest GFC follower here. Thanks again for stopping by The Steady Hand!

Crunchy Frugalista said...

This looks delish. I voted for ya! Thanks for stopping by the Thursday hop. I love seeing ya come around, and keep the yummy stuff coming makes me hungry :) Ashley

Christy said...

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Laura said...

I'm following you back :) I also voted for you, that looks soooo yummy! Have a wonderful night!

pegasus_aprilof84 said...

I am now following you from the Thankful for Friends blog hop,I would love for you to check out my blog
Everything looks really good!

Little Lilly Love said...

That looks so yummy, I'll have to make put it in next weeks meals:)

following you from the hop!

Victoria's Voice said...
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Victoria's Voice said...

Mmmmmmmmm Mm! Looks so delicious and inviting. I voted!

Glad to see you guys back into full swing again. We are still staying busy at work. And, the oldest showed back up on our doorstep. Happens when you have no money, job, or a place to live. LOL Oh well, here we go again from scratch. A parents job evidently is never done.

Have a beautiful weekend! Talk to you soon. said...

Looks really good, voted for you at Big K!

I'm a new follower from the That Friday Blog Hop!
Please stop on by and follow me at and say hello :)

CRichman said...

following u back great blog thanks for stopping by

Michelle said...

Thanks for following me! I also voted for you!