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Broccoli and sausage casserole

6
6
6
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
Enjoy this fabulous go-to entrée for brunch, lunch, or dinner. It's like a savory, rich-and-crusty bread pudding. Vary the flavors here with different types of sausage—try spicy Italian, smoked, and even crumbled breakfast sausage—or use cauliflower or Romanesco florets instead of broccoli. You might also add a sprinkling of fresh herbs with each layer of cheese, if desired. Chopped fresh parsley or sage would be delicious. Reheat leftover servings, covered with foil, in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes for a crisp-meets-custardy texture just like it came from the oven the first time around. Or, reheat portions in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes on high for a soft pudding-like consistency. You can prepare this through Step 4, but do not bake. Cover and refrigerate until an hour before you plan to serve it. Bring it to room temperature while the oven preheats and then bake as directed.

Ingredients

Italian bread

12 oz, do not use slices; use in loaf form

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), peeled and smashed (or to taste)

Uncooked red onion(s)

1 large, cut into thin wedges

Uncooked broccoli

4 cup(s), florets

Olive oil

1 tsp

Uncooked turkey sausage(s)

12 oz, sweet Italian-variety

Canned chicken broth

1 cup(s)

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp

Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Weight Watchers Reduced-fat Mexican style shredded cheese

¾ cup(s), sharp-variety

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Slice bread in half length-wise; rub insides with garlic clove. Place bread, open-face, on one side of a baking sheet; spread onion on other side. Place broccoli on another baking sheet. Coat vegetables and bread with cooking spray. Bake until broccoli is tender, flipping bread over and stirring vegetables halfway through, about 15 to 20 minutes total. Remove pans from oven and cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes; reduce oven temperature to 350ºF.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove sausage from casing; cook sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in broccoli and onion, bread cubes, broth, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. (Make sure to scrape up any browned bits of food on sides of skillet and stir into mixture.)
  4. Coat a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon 3 cups broccoli mixture into prepared dish; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with remaining broccoli mixture; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through, about 30 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving