Italian Macky Racky

Michelle Tuten


My husbands grandmother use to call Mac and Cheese (Macky Racky). I thought it was cute, so I stuck with it.

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4 to 6


10 Min


20 Min


1 lb
ziti rigate, or penne rigate
1 lb
italian sweet pork sausage
2 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1 Tbsp
4 clove
garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1 c
chicken stock
1 c
heavy cream
4 1/2 c
of shredded italian 4 cheese blend
1 can(s)
diced tomatoes, drained
1 tsp
hot sauce, optional
1 c
parmesan cheese

Directions Step-By-Step

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt water and cook pasta to a chewy al dente, about 8 minutes.

In a nonstick skillet, brown and crumble the sausage. Drain cooked crumbles on paper towel lined plate. Return pan to heat and add extra-virgin olive oil, butter, garlic. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Saute 3 to 5 minutes, until garlic is lightly golden.

Preheat broiler to high.
To garlic, add flour and stir, cooking 2 minutes. Whisk in stock, then stir in cream. Bring cream to a bubble, then stir in 2 cups of 4 cheese blend. When cheese has melted into sauce, add tomatoes. When sauce comes to a bubble, remove from heat and adjust seasonings, adding hot sauce if desired.

Combine cheese sauce with sausage and pasta, transfer to baking dish, casserole or oven safe serving platter.
Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of 4 cheese blend and the grated Parmesan over the top and brown under hot broiler.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Other Tag: Quick & Easy