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Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Pears

Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Pears

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    50 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 5 m
ShirleyB

ShirleyB

I developed this recipe from a basic mac-n-cheese recipe, adding pears which go well with the sharp Cheddar. For the sausage, we like Aidell's® Chicken and Apple or Roasted Garlic Gruyere sausages. They are fully cooked and very flavorful! To use as a side dish, leave out the sausage.

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  • Calories:
  • 443 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 24.4 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.9g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 19 g
  • 38%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 441 mg
  • 18%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain macaroni and transfer to the prepared casserole dish.
  3. Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onions in the melted butter until partially translucent, about 5 minutes. Whisk in flour until paste-like consistency, 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly stream in milk, stirring constantly, until flour mixture is incorporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese until completely melted and and sauce has thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Pour cheese sauce into macaroni; stir to coat. Season with black pepper. Stir in sausage.
  5. Reserve 4 slices of pears; dice remaining pear slices and stir into macaroni mixture. Arrange the reserved slices atop macaroni mixture.
  6. Stir 2 tablespoons melted butter and bread crumbs together in a small bowl; sprinkle over macaroni mixture.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is bubbling and topping is lightly browned, about 30 minutes.
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Reviews

billeh
2

billeh

10/13/2012

This recipe turned out amazing. Everyone loved it!

sanfranguns
1

sanfranguns

4/25/2014

Really good recipe. It reminds me of all the best stuff on the cheese/fruit/sausage tray. It's also really adaptable - I used shallots instead of onions. I could see mushrooms or roasted fennel also being a great addition

lovelake
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lovelake

2/15/2014

The pear gave this recipe great flavour, i wld. make it again and perhaps try different fruits, i used pear as i had mark down pears - but it was good.

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