Loaded Mac & Cheese

Add a lot of kick to an old favorite.

Loaded Mac & Cheese

1 (1 lb) box elbow pasta
1 (14 oz) pkg smoked sausage, sliced (I used McCormicks Grill Mates Montreal Steak)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbl season salt
1 tsp pepper
4 cups milk
6 cups shredded cheese (I used *Beechers No Woman and Sharp Cheddar)
1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes & chilies, **drained well
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies, drained
1 (2.25 oz) can sliced olives, drained

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta in large pot as directed on package. While pasta cooks, saute sausage and onion; set aside. Prepare cream sauce by melting butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over butter, mix and cook 2 minutes. Add season salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in milk, cook and whisk over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, remove from heat. In the large pot with pasta drained, throw in sausage, Rotel, green chilies, olives and cheese. Pour hot cream sauce over top of cheese and gently stir all together as cheese melts. Pour into sprayed 13″x9″ baking dish and bake about 15 minutes, just until heated through. Buttered bread crumbs or crumbled french fried onions can be added as a topping before baking if desired.

*Beechers is a Seattle based company but their award winning cheeses are sold in many locations including Costco. No Woman is flavored with Jamaican Jerk spices, so it adds a lot of flavor. You can substitute any flavorful cheese you like.

**Squeeze as much liquid out as possible so it doesn’t thin down the thickness & creaminess of the your mac & cheese.

Other flavorful main dish ideas:

Chile Relleno Casserole

Zucchini Crust Personal Pizza

Italian Meatballs

Mac & Cheese & More

One can never have too many macaroni & cheese recipes.  This is not my life’s motto, but, I believe a true statement.  The green chilies give this a little kick and who can resist bacon.  I cannot take credit for this recipe, I can’t remember where I got it, but thanks to someone creative.  It’s easy and delicious.

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can (14.5 oz) corn, undrained
1 can (14.5 oz) creamed corn
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes & green chilies
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used Mexican Blend)
2 cups dry macaroni
8 oz cooked ham, cubed (I used 8 slices cooked, crumbled bacon)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray a 13″x9″ baking pan.  Melt butter in large microwave safe bowl in microwave.  Stir in onion, corn, creamed corn, tomatoes & chilies, milk, cheese, macaroni, and ham.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes.  Remove foil and bake 30 minutes more.  I did sprinkle more shredded cheese on top with 5 minutes bake time remaining.

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Easiest Creamiest Mac & Cheese

This recipe is on Pinterest, I had to try it!  I made a few changes but the idea of boiling the pasta in milk I thought is just wonderful.  I wonder if it makes some Italians roll in their graves?  I don’t know, but this Mac & Cheese is CREAMY & delicious!

  

1 (1 lb) box penne pasta
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
3 cups skim milk
2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used 1 cup sharp cheddar & 1 cup Beecher’s Flagship)
2 tsp salt
3 tsp dijon mustard

In large pot, stir together pasta, evaporated milk, and skim milk.  Bring to simmer, then continue to cook on low heat for 20 minutes, with lid, stirring frequently so all pasta has time submerged in milk.  Make sure milk does not boil.

When pasta is tender, turn heat off.  Stir in cheese, salt, and dijon mustard.  Stir in the mustard a little at a time to taste.  If too thick, add a little warm milk, and gently stir.

It is great at this point right off the stove or can be placed in 13×9 sprayed baking dish and top with more shredded cheese.  Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes until cheese has melted.

Can be used as a side dish or add browned ground beef or sausage, or shredded chicken for main dish.  Add onion, peppers, tomatoes, other veggies to make it a casserole.

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Favorite Mac & Cheese

Definite comfort food.  I usually have all the ingredients on hand and the whole family loves it!

Favorite Mac & Cheese

1 lb elbow macaroni
1 sm yellow onion, chopped
4 Tbl flour
4 cups whole milk
4 tsp salt
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp chili powder
4-5 cups sharp cheddar cheese or a mixture of cheeses
bread crumbs or french fried onions
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350°.  Cook pasta as package directs, drain.  While waiting for water to boil for pasta, start sauce.  In large saucepan, heat 6 Tbl of butter and sauté onion.  Add flour and cook 3 minutes.  Add milk, salt, pepper and cook on low heat, stirring constantly until bubbles and thickens.  Turn off heat.  Add nutmeg, chili powder. Let cool a little before adding cheese so it does not curdle, stir to melt.  Pour over pasta, stir gently.  Pour into 13×9 pan, sprinkle, bread crumbs or fried onions, and dot with remaining butter.  Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Sometimes I add browned sausage or ground beef.  Stir in other ingredients like green chilies, diced tomatoes, or whatever you feel like at the time.