Half-Time Sausage Mac and Cheese

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep
25 mins
Cook
40 mins

This recipe is delicious! Unfortunately, it is loaded with calories, but it is great for when you want to have that occasional splurge for comfort food. I got this recipe from People magazine, I believe, of all places. I didn't even know they published recipes but it was in an edition I happen to be browsing through right before the Super Bowl this year. I made it for a party and it was gone in no time. This cheese sauce would be awesome on it's own I think as well. You can definitely make this without the sausage and it would be great as well but it makes a wonderful one-dish meal if included.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. To prep before, make light roux; melt the 4 ounces butter in heavy bottomed pan, slowly add the flour and stir until combined and smooth.
  2. Cook over medium heat until just golden brown; set aside.
  3. Grill sausages or bake in oven and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. In large pot, boil water and cook macaroni al dente.
  6. While pasta cooks, heat oil in a large skillet and add onions.
  7. Saute onions over low heat, stirring frequently.
  8. Add the roux to the onions and add the milk gradually, whisking to work out any lumps.
  9. Bring sauce to a full boil, then reduce heat and add cheese one slice at a time.
  10. Simmer until smooth and thickened.
  11. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  12. Strain through a fine-mesh colander, if desired.
  13. Add heavy cream and simmer to a good flavor and consistency.
  14. Rub an ovenproof casserole dish with the garlic, then add the macaroni, sliced sausage and sauce; mix well.
  15. In a small bowl, mix melted butter and bread crumbs and sprinkle mixture on top.
  16. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  17. Then take foil off, add grated cheese and cook uncovered for an additional 5 minutes. Let rest before serving.