Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Pears

Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Pears 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.

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 15 mins

    COOK : 50 mins

    TOTAL : 1 hr 5 mins

    SERVING : 8

    YIELD : 8 servings

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pour cheese sauce into macaroni; stir to coat. Season with black pepper. Stir in sausage.

  • Reserve 4 slices of pears; dice remaining pear slices and stir into macaroni mixture. Arrange the reserved slices atop macaroni mixture.

  • Stir 2 tablespoons melted butter and bread crumbs together in a small bowl; sprinkle over macaroni mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is bubbling and topping is lightly browned, about 30 minutes.

Per Serving: 443 calories; protein 19g; carbohydrates 36.9g; fat 24.4g; cholesterol 70.9mg; sodium 441mg.