spicy macaroni and cheese with sausage

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Carolyn Haas
Whitewater, WI

I had the various ingredients as left-overs so did some major tweaking of several other recipes and came up with this.

★★★★★ 1
serves 4
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For spicy macaroni and cheese with sausage

  • 1 sm
    onion, chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    jarred jalapeno slices, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    coriander
  • 1 tsp
    cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil (or other oil)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    flour
  • 3/4 c
    half and half
  • 1 c
    milk
  • 1 md
    head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1/8 tsp
    cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 6 oz
    smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 lb
    pasta of choice
  • 6 oz
    velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp
    panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated parmesan cheese

How To Make spicy macaroni and cheese with sausage

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 quart casserole dish. Set aside.
  • 2
    Cook pasta and cauliflower in salted boiling water until done. Drain, set aside.
  • 3
    Slice turkey sausage, saute until browned. Set aside.
  • 4
    In a large pot, heat oil and saute onion, garlic and jalapeno until onion has softened. Add coriander, cumin and cayenne.
  • 5
    Stir in flour and cook for about 3 minutes. Add milk mixture slowly. Add cheese. Stir until cheese melts and mixture thickens.
  • 6
    Add cooked pasta and cauliflower and the sausage to cheese mixture. Stir to mix.
  • 7
    Transfer mixture to casserole dish. Top with crumbs and parmesan. Bake for 20-30 minutes until crumbs are browned. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.
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