Stovetop Mac n’ Cheese with Turkey Sausage

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*Disclosure: I received compensation from Butterball to create this recipe. All opinions expressed in this post are completely my own….as per usual.*

Sooo, my daughter started school this week. I thought that her leaving for morning kindergarten would give me more time to get things accomplished, but somehow my life became more hectic, my house became more dirty and I seem to be even more exhausted by the end of every day.  How does that even happen? Bah!!

Do one of you lovely readers want to come clean my house? I pay in carbs and cheese.

First day of school!

First day of school!

I’ve been on the hunt looking for easy, fast, simple meals. I mentioned something about this to my husband and in typical boy fashion responded with a “why don’t you just make macaroni and cheese with cut-up hot dogs?”

Are there any other husbands out there that make a killer macaroni and cheese with cut-up hot dogs? Just my husband?

That’s what I thought.

Anyways.

I’m not a huge fan of the boxed macaroni and cheese. The powdered cheese is not real cheese, no matter what the packaging says! So, I decided to make my own version of this beloved staple with real ingredients. The adult version of macaroni and cheese with cut-up hot dogs, if you will.

Creamy, easy, delicious and ready in about 30 minutes total. Not too shabby for a weeknight.

Here’s how to make it:

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Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook one pound of macaroni pasta until al dente.

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Place your hot pot back on the heat, melt in some butter and then whisk in some flour. Let this cook about a minute before…

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whisking in the milk. Leave the heat on medium low to let the sauce thicken slowly. If you bring the milk to a boil, it may curdle and let’s be honest….that would not be delicious.

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While that is doing its thing, grate some cheddar cheese. We need 4 cups total.

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Once your sauce has thickened, slowly stir in all that grated cheddar and a little parmesan cheese. Stir it up until smooth. Now would be a good time to taste and see if it needs more salt and pepper.

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So now, crack open one of these bad boys: Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage….this is Brooke’s all-time favorite sausage!!

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Cut both dinner sausages into cubes and add it into the hot pot with the cooked pasta.

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Like so!! Give it a good stir and make sure everything heats thoroughly and evenly, then dish it up and serve.

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This is my idea of comfort food!! Smooth and cheesy, creamy and delicious 🙂

Printable recipe below. Have a great day, friends!

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Stovetop Mac n' Cheese with Turkey Sausage

Yield: 6 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. macaroni pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups grated medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 package Butterball turkey sausage, diced

Directions:

  1. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Replace pot back to medium heat. Melt butter, then whisk in flour. Cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk slowly to prevent lumps from forming. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Cook 5 minutes over medium low heat to thicken sauce without curdling the milk. Sprinkle cheese in bit by bit until it's all incorporated into one smooth cheesy sauce. Stir in cooked pasta and Butterball turkey sausage. Warm it all through 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve hot.

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  1. This looks SO comforting and delicious, Lauren! And I love the pic of you and your daughter. Such pretty girls!

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  2. My boys would love this, Lauren, especially with the sausage!

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  3. Growing up, we would frequently have Kraft Mac & Cheese with cut up hotdogs for dinner… I haven’t eaten boxed mac & cheese in years, but I have to admit there’s something comforting just thinking about it… Your homemade version with turkey sausage looks amazing and I know my family would love it!

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  4. this looks so good! I have definitely succumbed to the powdered cheese (at least the Annie’s version is maybe not horrible? It probably is…). I like your idea to add some turkey sausage for some added smokey flavor and depth!

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  5. Thank you for this simple recipe! I made it right away! It’s perfect for me bc I live in Japan and can’t buy the boxed stuff anyway! Now I know the real version is just as easy to make!

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  6. This is even more fabulous if you brown the sausage while the Mac & cheese is cooking. It carmelizes and becomes even more amazing!

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  7. Man does mac and cheese sound good right now. Thanks for the recipe. Keep it up.

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  8. WOW- This looks so delicious, especially with the colder weather in fall. And that’s too funny what your hubby said, mine always says the SAME THING about mac n cheese and hotdogs!

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  9. made this for my kids on Monday (adults were going to a potluck). It was very well received even by Picky Son! I did halve the recipe – what made me sad about that was that there was none left by the time we got home! Definitely a winner.

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  10. Switch the turkey sausage out for lean ground beef and add some chili spice for chili cheese Mac n cheese? I’ll have to try that.

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  11. This turned out great for dinner. So great, my toddler actually ate it, without a fuss!
    Also the first time I’ve successfully made a roux. Your directions and proportions were just right.
    Thanks for another great recipe!

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  12. Hi,

    would it be possible to use corn starch instead of flour as I have to eat gluten free 🙂 Thanks!

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