Saturday, January 21, 2023

How to Make Homemade Mac & Cheese with Smoked Sausage and Broccoli


This Homemade Mac & Cheese with Smoked Sausage and Broccoli is made in three steps, that still surprisingly under an hour. The first step is to boil your 8oz large elbow macaroni for 8 minutes, but in the last 3 minutes add in your 1 cup of broccoli florets. Drain 

Step two, in a large pan on med/high heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When hot add in 1/2 chopped onion and 8 oz of sliced smoked sausage. When sausage is browned and onions translucent remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up any oil. 

Step three, same pan wiped out make your roux. 2 tablespoons butter melted in pan then whisk in the 2 tablespoons of flour. Add 1 1/2 cup heavy cream (I just used reduced fat organic milk) gradually whisking as you add. Once it starts to thicken add in your 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar and 1 teaspoon of dried mustard (optional). Keep whisking until you reach your desired texture. Taste test, because you might want more cheese, I did and grabbed another hand full. 

Love large elbow macaroni 

Once texture of cheese mixture is met add the macaroni, broccoli, onions and smoked sausage. Fold contents until combined. Salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle some dried parsley on top and serve. This recipe serves 2-4 people….expect extra helpings. 

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