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Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage, Peppers and Onions

USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson

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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  • Calories:
  • 137 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.6g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 5.6 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 277 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Follow the recipe for Creamy Macaroni and Cheese.
  2. 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.
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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!


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.

Lisa Alene

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