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.
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.