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Scrumptious Gilbertini

I’m dreadful at remembering to photograph my meals before we devour them so no pics this time.. you’ll just have to take my word for how good this is 😊

3/4 lb. sausage, browned (I used our homemade frozen ground sausage but the Jimmy Dean Original brand would be fine too!)

1 and 1/2 cups dry penne pasta

1/4 cup fresh-chopped onion

1/8 cup butter

1/8 cup flour (freshly-ground flour or whole wheat flour is fine to use here!)

1/4 tsp. salt (I prefer Himalayan pink salt)

1/8 tsp. freshly-ground pepper

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning (boughten or your own homemade Italian seasoning mix)

1 and 1/2 cups milk (raw or pasteurized, whichever you normally use at your house!)

2 cups freshly-grated whole milk Mozzarella cheese, divided (One brand we love is the Galbani Italian-style whole milk mozzarella, found in pretty much any grocery store!)

Cook pasta in lightly-salted boiling water until al dente. (Do not overcook as the pasta will continue to cook as this bakes in the oven later!) Drain and combine with cooked sausage; spread in greased 9x13” pan. Sauté onions in butter. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Gradually add milk, whisking continually. Cook until thickened and bubbling.

Stir in 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Remove heat when barely melted. Pour over mixture in baking pan. Top with remaining Mozzarella. Cover and bake at 375* for 20 minutes. Bake uncovered for another 15 minutes. We love the cheese golden brown and crispy-ish so sometimes I stick it under the broiler for abit to acquire desired results! Serves 5-6.

Enjoy! If you try this recipe, let me know in the comments how it turns out for you 😊

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