Macaroni and cheese is perfect supper food. It's a kids' favorite, and adults like it too. My recipe is simple and almost as quick as the boxed variety. Try this variation with Italian sausage and bell peppers.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Follow the recipe for Creamy Macaroni and Cheese.

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  • Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook sausage, breaking it up as it fries, until it loses its raw color, 3 to 4 minutes. Add onion and pepper slices, and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add basil, then stir mixture into macaroni. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

136.8 calories; 5.6 g protein; 1.6 g carbohydrates; 28.8 mg cholesterol; 277.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2008
I used 1lb summer sausage..cut in half lengthwise. Then I sliced it again in 1/4 pieces.I drained the meat after heating through....I just loved this Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/07/2006
Honestly I MUST have done something wrong---the sausage mixture made the macaroni and cheese sort of greasy so we had a creamy macaroni and cheese mixed with a greasy sausage mixture. Maybe it is just because our tastebuds are not accustomed to the flavor. I felt like I had (wrongly) combined leftovers from 2 different meals - fajita meat combined with macaroni and cheese. I will keep checking the reviews on this because I am curious as to whether I did something wrong or if others agree with me. Sorry we just did not like it and our kids would not touch it. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2008
I used 1lb summer sausage..cut in half lengthwise. Then I sliced it again in 1/4 pieces.I drained the meat after heating through....I just loved this Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/07/2006
Honestly I MUST have done something wrong---the sausage mixture made the macaroni and cheese sort of greasy so we had a creamy macaroni and cheese mixed with a greasy sausage mixture. Maybe it is just because our tastebuds are not accustomed to the flavor. I felt like I had (wrongly) combined leftovers from 2 different meals - fajita meat combined with macaroni and cheese. I will keep checking the reviews on this because I am curious as to whether I did something wrong or if others agree with me. Sorry we just did not like it and our kids would not touch it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2006
To previous poster: instead of frying up the sausage meat on its own try cutting the sausages into 1/4 in. slices and then frying them. Either way if you lift them out of the pan with a slotted spoon and let them rest on some paper towel for a few minutes you should get rid of a lot of the grease. I agree that the loose sausage meat might make the texture a bit strange. I've always used sausage slices and everyone seems to like it kids and adults alike! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2008
I used 1lb summer sausage..cut in half lengthwise. Then I sliced it again in 1/4 pieces.I drained the meat after heating through....I just loved this Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2006
This one looked great! It wasn't. It was terribly greasy. I wonder if there might have been a step left out. I did slick cook and drain the sausages before adding them to the pasta. I'm afraid I wouldn't try this one twice.:( Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2009
My family ate it right up! It was a delicious combination of flavors... my mom called it "coma food" because it was so comforting it put her to sleep:p It was a little greasy but my family doesn't want any changes to the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/03/2008
Tried this out for the kids I had over and they scarfed it down like crazy. Mine wasn't greasy as I usually boil and then drain the grease from any meat I cook. I think it would have tasted better with a little spice in it to liven the dish up. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2010
I simply drained the sausage mixture and it was fine. Simple and good. Not meant to be extravagant just easy and flavorful Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2012
We are not Mac and Cheese experts by any means. Hubby liked this - I liked the Sausage Peppers and Onions but that isn't the recipes fault. It was a good recipe to use what I had on hand. It fed everyone and I am glad I made it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2015
YUM. I was going to make mac and cheese with broccoli rabe and sausage but the supermarket was out of broccoli rabe so I came upon this in a frantic search for a decent replacement to fulfill my mac and cheese craving... this definitely fit the bill!! I will absolutely be making this one again. Read More