Tuesday, March 26, 2013

12 Weeks of Mac N Cheese - Week 8 (Sausage Mac N Cheese)

This week's version of Mac N Cheese came about from the inspiration from our son Andy.  Andy is definitely our Mac N Cheese lover in the house.  He likes it almost every way.  (Buffalo is the ONLY one I have seen him not eat so far, he doesn't like HOT food!)  A few weeks ago he was having Sunday morning breakfast and we were beginning to sit out the things we needed for that week's Mac N Cheese and as Andy ate sausage he kept trying to tell us to add sausage to that week's recipe (see Andy speaks in sign language, so sometimes we don't always understand on first try what he means).  He stayed persistent and we finally realized he liked the sausage he was eating for breakfast so much he wanted it in his mac n cheese too.  Well that week it wasn't going to work with the flavors we had chosen, but we decided to make a special recipe just for Andy.


This one has just the right cheese blends to compliment the sausage perfectly.  One item we did add to this is the Loose Lip Larry's Honey Mustard sauce....it was a flavor that works with the sausage.  But I do believe you could substitute a brown mustard, or hot sauce and it would work just fine.  It's such a small amount, but it does add a nice flavor to the Mac N Cheese.






Ingredients:

  • 16 oz Shell Pasta
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of onion powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Loose Lip Larry Sweet Georgia Honey Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Asiago Cheese
  • 1 cup Vermont White American Cheese
  • 1 cup Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • 1 cup Vermont Maple Syrup Sausage (Or your favorite sausage)

Directions:

1.  Bring 4 quarts of water with a pinch of Kosher salt to a boil.  Add pasta and boil until al dente.

2.  Drain and set aside.  (Keep 1 cup of water from boiling water in case you need it at the end)

3.  Melt 4tbsp of butter in a medium saucepan.
4.  Add flour, onion powder and whisk until blended well.

5.  Add liquid (milk, cream, & vegetable broth) and continue to whisk over a low-medium heat until thickens.

6.  Add nutmeg, bayleaf, salt and LLL Sweet GA Honey Mustard....simmer over low heat, whisking for 8 minutes.

7.  Make sure all your cheeses are grated and ready to add.

8.  Add all cheese and mix.

9.  Add pasta back into saucepan and stir gently together with a rubber spatula.  If this is too thick add a small amount of water saved from boiling noodles....until correct consistency.

10.  Add sausage and stir.
11.  Serve and enjoy!!!

Check out a few more of our Mac N Cheese recipes and let us know what you think?  


Enjoy!








2 comments:

  1. looks yummy! I love that you are making 12 versions of this classic! Can't wait to see them all. Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?
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  2. Never had Mac n Cheese with sausage :/ It looks scrumptious though, and well worth to try a batch on my family ! Thank you for sharing this great recipe at our ALLMY BLOGGY FRIENDS party! {can not wait to see what you will link next week!}

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