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"grown-up's" mac n cheese

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Wendy Proctor
sand lake, MI

My husband loves macaroni n cheese and was craving it one day. I had some fresh mushrooms that I needed to use before they I came up with this recipe. My husband just loved it and asked why I had never made it this way before. Creamy and cheesy! Enjoy!

(1 rating)
yield 4 -6
prep time 35 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For "grown-up's" mac n cheese

  • 1 box
    elbow macaroni, cooked (used barilla brand)
  • 16 oz
    roasted smoked sausage, sliced 1/4 in thick
  • 3/4 c
    frozen peas
  • 8 oz
    cubed, velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 c
    half and half
  • 1
    celery stalk, chopped small
  • 1
    med onion, chopped small
  • 1 pkg
    fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4
    garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoked paparika
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish, optional
  • crushed butter flavored crackers, optional

How To Make "grown-up's" mac n cheese

  • 1
    Cook elbow macaroni as directed on box. Add frozen peas last 4 minutes of cooking macaroni.
  • 2
    While macaroni is cooking, saute chopped onion, celery, sliced mushrooms, and garlic. **Add garlic last**
  • 3
    Add sliced smoked sausage to sauted onion mixture just to heat through. Set aside.
  • 4
    Cube Velveeta cheese.
  • 5
    Once macaroni is cooked as directed on box, drain. Add cubed Velveeta cheese, half and half, sour cream. Stir till cheese is melted. Add paparika and salt and pepper to taste.
  • 6
    Lastly, add your onion, mushroom, sausage mixture. Stir to mix through.
  • 7
    Serve right from stove top or put into 350 degree oven with crushed butter flavor crackers on top for apx. 30 minutes or till heated through. Garnish with parsley if you like.