One thing that we can always guarantee he’ll eat is mac and cheese. He’s always been a big lover of a creamy pasta dish. But, I mean, who isn’t?? So when my friends over at Kiolbassa Smoked Meats asked me to incorporate some of their delicious smoked sausage into a kid-friendly weeknight supper, I knew exactly where to start.
The creamy base of this stove-top mac and cheese is the perfect complement to the smokey flavor of their polish smoked sausage. And it’s SO easy! You’ll have this on the table in about 30 minutes – which makes it perfect for those busy weeknights… or any night for that matter! Pair this with a fresh veggie or a salad and you’re ready to eat!
A few things to keep in mind with this recipe…
Yes, you’re making a roux which will turn into a béchamel sauce, but don’t panic. The names are scary, but the process isn’t. This method is the best way to keep a stovetop mac and cheese nice and creamy. And seriously, don’t stress. You got this.
I love the convenience of using the pre-shredded bagged cheese, but in this case, freshly shredded cheese is best. The powdery substance they use to keep the shreds from sticking together in the bag can often make a cheese sauce like this grainy. To avoid that, grate it yourself. It’s an extra step but I think it’s worth it. Can you use the other stuff? Sure you can. Just know it might make the texture a little different. But I also know that sometimes we can overlook something like in turn for the convenience. That’s cool. You do you. 🙂
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Creamy Smoked Sausage Mac and Cheese
- 1 (13-ounce) package Kiolbassa Polish Smoked Sausage, sliced
- 1 (16-ounce) block sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 (1-pound) box elbow macaroni
- 4 cups milk
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Lightly brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
- Grate the cheese on a box grater. Set aside.
- Cook the pasta according to the package instuctions and drain. Set aside.
- Pour the milk into a microwavable container and heat until warm - about 2 1/2 minutes.
- In a large stock pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add the warm milk, whisking constantly until it has all been added. Cook, stirring very frequently to prevent scorching, until thick - about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and gradually add the shredded cheese, stirring constantly until melted. Add the salt and mix well. Add the pasta and sausage to the pot and mix well. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.
Also, check out my other recipes made with Kiolbassa:
This post is sponsored by my friends at Kiolbassa Smoked Meats, but all thoughts and opinions are my own – just as always. Thanks for supporting the brands that support me.
gareth j schoenthal
First, the recipe said serves 6, its more like 12. Liked it but needs adjusting, either double the sausage or HALF the mac and cheese. Also was missing something, I would brown some onion in the roux for additional flavor, maybe even some diced green pepper. Its a very simple and quick recipe, great for weeknight dinners where you are already tired.
Glad you enjoyed it! The thing about servings is, of course, it depends on the serving size. In this case, I calculated large servings since it will most likely be served as a main course.
Great electric skillet recipe, I even boiled my noodles then Browned my sausage in skillet. I used the sausage fat along with butter to make my rouge. Keeper for Tiny House 🏡
Oh this trick sounds wonderfully flavorful!
Keith & Angella Lawrence
Happy New Years!!!
The Lawrence Worlds Famous Mac & Cheese Casserole was a huge success. There was more than enough for the eight people that attended the event. What could not be eaten at the table was taken home as leftovers.
As stated, I followed your direction according to the recipe and add a few extra steps. They Loved it… SO, Im back today to make a new version of the same.
Just wanted to say thank you for the recipe and your readers for their twists of perfection that they added to make our Christmas and now New Years Dinner Great!
Happy 2022 to all. We Made it!
Ha! So glad to hear everyone enjoyed it!! Thanks for letting me know! Happy New Year!
Keith & Angella
Every Christmas I am the desiginated Macarroni & Cheese guy. This year Im spicing it up a little. Thank you for the Great base recipe.
I alterted the recipe slightly by using your direction but added grounded honey maple sausage and for cheese I used Valvetta Cheese, Pecorino Ramano and Parmigiano Reggiano, then backed it for 20m thereafter.
It taste great to me and my wife. I’ll let you know what the party goers think of it.
Sounds great! Looking forward to hearing back!
Not quite sure why you have to grade your cheese on a box grader I prefer my KitchenAid is much easier. 🤷♀️
Well, not everyone has a KitchenAid. But yes, it would certainly be easier. 🙂
This was very good. I browned the sausage with garlic powder, slap ya mamas, and Italian seasoning. I also added about 1/8cp of parmesan, a 1/8cp of gruyere, garlic powder and mustard powder. Then I baked it with breadcrumbs and a little more cheddar.
That sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing your tweaks!
I think the details (like grating your own cheese) make a big difference.
Do you use ‘spiral’ type elbows?? And do your elbows have ridges on the outside ?
I do and the ones I use do have ridges, but regular elbow macaroni will work just fine.
Don’t worry about what the boy eats (or doesn’t) My oldest (now_59) ate one meal a day for her first 2 years and I never knew from day to day which meal it would be. Doc. said she’d eat when she was hungry and he was right. as she got older I told her she had to TRY anything new, if she didn’t like it she didn’t have to eat it but she did have to TRY it at least. She will try anything once even now and usually ends up liking whatever. Kids tummys are smart, he won’t starve so enjoy him and just always have him TRY the new.
You make your mac n cheese like I do! I think it’s worth making your own sauce, and like you said, really not that difficult. If I had time, I would actually put extra cheese on top then bake it to create a golden crust. Never thought to put sausage in it – will try that. Thank you!
I sure hope you’ll enjoy it!
This looks so yummy, Stacey! I’ll have to try it.