Upside Down Mac & Cheese w/Smoked Kielbasa

Kim Biegacki Recipe

By Kim Biegacki pistachyoo

10 - 12
15 Min
20 Min
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

My 4th recipe cooking in the Ninja & is one amazing cheezy, crusty and delicious mac & cheese. This is one of those comfort food dishes that is necessary when you are wanting to indulge a little. I did make some additions & combine my favorite cheeses because there are times when mac & cheese just soothes the soul and is so satisfying for a meal. I made this up for my nephews who spent the weekend and still there was plenty left over I sent a container home with them for the next day.

A crunchy green salad w/Italian dressing would pair well.

Recipe from Ninja Cooking System Cookbook.

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4 c
1 lb
uncooked macaroni
3/4 c
6 Tbsp
all purpose flour
5 c
whole milk (i used 2 percent)
6 3/4 c
shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (i used a mixture & only 5 cups)
1/2 c
grated romano & parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 1/2 c
bread crumbs, dry
cooking spray
frank's hot sauce
smoked kielbasa and bacon bits (on top)

Directions Step-By-Step

Ninja Cooking System --
Pour water into Ninja pot. Set to STOVETOP HIGH. Cover and let water quickly come to a boil. Add your macaroni and cook for 7 - 9 minutes, stirring occasionaly and just till tender. Drain macaroni and reserve one cup of cooking water.
Add 1/2 cup butter into the Ninja pot. Set to STOVETOP MED and heat till butter is melted. Stir in flour and stir continually for 3 minutes. Add your milk and whisk together. Heat till it comes to a boil and cook uncovered for 3 minutes or until the mixture is thickened. If necessary, add more flour to thicken to desired consistency. Next stir in the 6 cups of cheese, salt and pepper until cheeses are melted. Turn off Ninja.
In a large bowl add the macaroni's, cooking water and cheese mixture till well combined. Wipe clean the Ninja with a paper towel. In a small cooking pan melt 1/4 cup butter. In a small bowl add bread crumbs, 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 romano & parmesan with the butter.
Spray Ninja inside with cooking spray. Press the bread crumb mixture onto the bottom and slightly up the side of the pot. Pour the cheesy macaroni into the pot. (I added sliced smoked kielbasa and bacon bits to top). Set oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cook till golden brown on bottom.
When ready to serve invert pot into a bowl or plate.
Don't forget to top off the mac & cheese with some Frank's Hot Sauce.
Christmas Day 12-25-14 --- Made this to go with our Christmas meal.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American

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May 7, 2013 - Kim Biegacki shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Patricia O'Neal PatriciaO50
Dec 8, 2013
tried this recipe and it came out terrible. The cheese was 'lumpy' and it just didn't taste good. So far, I am not liking the Ninja at all. I tried the one for scalloped potatoes and it was not even edible. I cooked it for the amount of time the recipe indicated and the potatoes were still raw. I had to cook it for an additional 1 1/2 hours for it to be done.
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Dec 8, 2013
Patricia sorry to hear it didn't turn out for you. It sounds like maybe your Ninja might not be coming up to the right temperature. I've made the scalloped potatoes and they came out delish. My husband who doesn't like scalloped potatoes loved them too. ---- I have more of the problem of the Ninja cooking to much...seems to get hot so fast. I used it today to heat my sliced roast beef with a thick au jus and it cooked the beef so fast that it ended up shredding it (not what I wanted at all). However, it worked out because they were putting it on sandwiches w/a slice of mozzarella cheese. But I wouldn't use it like a crock pot again cause of the heat. ---- I wonder if there is a way to check the temperature of the inside of your Ninja?
Patricia O'Neal PatriciaO50
Dec 9, 2013
I got disgusted with it and called them. They said it was a heating issue, too. They are sending me a new one. I thought maybe the recipe was written wrong. Should it have been made in the multi purpose pan or the big cooking pot? The recipe didn't seem clear to me.
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Dec 9, 2013
That's great they are sending you another one. It's right inside the pot. If you enlarge my pictures above you will see it's in the pot and no way could this recipe ever fit in any pan they provide unless you made just 1/4 of the recipe.
Patricia O'Neal PatriciaO50
Dec 10, 2013
Well, now I know the recipe in my book was wrong! It said 'spray the multi-purpose pan with cooking spray'. If I had done it in the cooking pot instead it would have been fine.
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Dec 10, 2013
Yes, this is the recipe for the Upside down mac n and it takes the pot to cook it up in. However, they do have another recipe for which looks to be made in a pan not the pot itself.
Mar 1, 2015 - Kim Biegacki shared this recipe with discussion group: Daughter's of the King.