Monday, June 25, 2012

Mac-n-Cheese with Sausage Crumbles

Here's my second recipe using the Progresso Recipe Starters cooking sauces I got from BlogHer Food 2012 earlier this month.  You can read about these great sauces and get my recipe for Creamy Parmesan Basil Spaghetti with Pepperoni here.

This time, I used the Creamy Three Cheese sauce.  I made a variation of one of the dishes they served at BlogHer Food, Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac 'n Cheese.  Mac-n-Cheese is one my most favorite meals, and the sample I tasted at the conference was delicious.  They even gave us a handy recipe booklet to take home with our supply of sauces.

I made this on a Sunday evening when my brother-in-law Patrick was over visiting.  I used sausage, rather than bacon, but otherwise, I stayed pretty true to the recipe.  Patrick liked it a lot, particularly the sausage.  My husband Mike, who is a strict Kraft devotee, proclaimed it "very good", which made me so happy.  He's a hard man to please when it comes to cheese and pasta!

  • 3 cups cooked penne pasta (I used Barilla Plus.)
  • 1 18-ounce can Progresso Recipe Starters Creamy Three Cheese cooking sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (The recipe calls for just generic "milk", but I generally only keep almond milk in the house.  In most cases, it's a great substitute for dairy.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, for topping
  • 1/2 cup Velveeta, cubed
  • 1 cup cooked sausage crumbles (I used Jimmy Dean's Hearty Sausage Crumbles.)
  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spritz a casserole dish with non-stick olive oil spray.
  • Cook and drain pasta according to package instructions.
  • In a large saucepan, heat cooking sauce, milk and garlic to boiling.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheeses until melted.
  • Stir in pasta and sausage.
  • Spoon into a casserole dish.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with additional 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar.
  • Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with breadcrumbs or shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.
I'm linking up this recipe with It's a Blog Party.

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