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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Link Sausage

My kids literally cheer out loud when they hear we ar having homemade Macaroni and Ccheese with Link Sausage. It’s one of their favorite meals. I mentioned it a few weeks ago when we had our Back to School dinner.

I was introduced to this meal 7 years ago when a dear friend, Heidi, brought our family dinner just after my oldest daughter was born.  I won’t go into too much detail about the importance of service and food, but I will shout from the rooftops that one of the best services anyone can ever do for me is to provide a meal for my family. It’s a task that as we all know must be done daily, and when you’re “down and out” after having a baby and starving, it truly is a blessing.  This recipe is so simple: elbow macaroni noodles, chopped up link sausage, and a creamy homemade cheese sauce.

You can find this type of link sausage at any grocery store, in a few different flavors, often generic. Depending on how much I make, I use one or two packages.I like to slice them up into smaller pieces so it spreads around more.Though the sausage is already cooked, it could just get heated, but we like a little charred-ness to ours. I then place the sausage on a paper towel to eliminate some of the grease. We all have a hard time not snitching these little pieces.Then comes the creamy sauce. It’s quite simple: butter, flour, milk, and then the cheese.Creamy Macaronni and Cheese with sausage

Recipe: Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Link Sausage

16 ounces medium cheddar cheese shredded (share if you like extra strong flavor)

24 ounces macaroni pasta, cooked

(2) 13 ounce link sausage, cut into bite sized pieces

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp salt

1 pinch pepper

2 cups milk

1. Grate all the cheese, divide into 2 equal parts. Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the package.

2. While the macaroni is cooking, make the white sauce: Melt the 1/4 cup butter in glass dish, microwave to melt. Add 1/4 cup flour, salt, and peper–mix to make a paste. Return the paste to microwave after adding 2 cups of milk.  Microwave in one minute increments, stirring in between, until it starts to bubble and thicken. You can also do this on the stove top, I just prefer the speed of the microwave.

3. Once your sauce is thick, stir in 1/2 of the grated cheese.

4. Drain the cooked pasta, add it to a 9×13 casserole dish. Add the sausage, stir in the sauce.

5. Sprinkle the rest of the grated cheese on top. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Everything is already cooked, you are just melding it all together.

6. Enjoy!!!

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  1. 1

    I just started making home made mac and cheese and we all love it! Now I get why it is such a comfort food…. kraft isn’t so comforting! ha ha! I will have to try the sausage, it looks delish. Do you have enough of those littlepots for all the kids? very cute?

    • 2
      Kristen Duke says:

      It’s funny you ask about the post b/c just yesterday my son said, “I like it when you take pictures of food because you pull out all kinds of different bowls to put the food in.” So to your question–NO, but after his comment, it makes me think it would be fun for them to have fun dishes to eat from! I found a bunch of random pieces at Good Will!

  2. 3

    Yum! looks so delicious. Perfect meal for a cool fall day.

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  3. 5

    We had this for dinner tonight and it was yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 7

    YUMMY! I am SO making this!
    Jennifer Polson recently posted..Owen {4 Months old}My Profile

  5. 8

    Tried it tonight! Yum yum! My daughter (she’s three and only has eyes for Kraft) loved it so much that she pulled over her brother’s uneaten food and said, “He wants me to eat his too mom! He wants me to!”

  6. 10

    “24 ounces macaroni pasta, cooked” = how much uncooked? I can’t see making this with more than a box of elbows, but does it actually require more? Thanks!

  7. 12

    Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?

    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks
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