This breakfast casserole is my favorite easy breakfast of all time. Did you hear that? ALL TIME! I started making this yummy breakfast a couple decades ago (whoa) and mainly for those times when I had guests overnight and wanted to feed them heartily in the morning.Read More
It is soup season! Is there anything in the world that smells better slow cooking in your kitchen all day than a creamy soup? This Creamy Tortellini Soup smelled absolutely delicious while it cooked and it tasted even better.Read More
Ahhh summer. I love everything about summer, minus the spiky weeds that grow in my yard. My cute boys are swimming in the pool and our sweet puppy is sleeping at my feet. And, bonus! I have a batch of this delicious pasta salad in my fridge waiting to be eaten.Read More
This delicious slow cooker stuffing recipe kinda fell into my food blogging abyss. Which is truly a shame because it was fabulously tasty. So tasty that I made it twice in the same week. Way back in November. Before this recipe, I had never attempted stuffing. I hit a home run with this one.Read More
My apple peeler arrived in Saturday's mail and I am enamored with this contraption. Why have I never owned one of these before? And who in the world came up with this brilliant invention? A few turns of a crank and an apple is peeled, sliced and CORED. What the heck. You can even do it one-handed!Read More
Apple Sausage Mac and Cheese come together in a delicious meal. A perfect fall meal with the flavors of apples and a kick of cayenne bring comfort to the meal. A unique yet delicious spin on your classic Mac & Cheese recipe!
Is it terrible to admit that I'm glad the weekend is coming to an end? I know, it's terrible. But I'm glad the weekend is coming to an end. My little Sammy has pneumonia, poor guy, so he has had a fluctuating temperature for the entire weekend. At his worst, he had a temp of 105.2! That is enough to scare the crap out of this mama. I hope to never see that number on our thermometer again.
As our weekend of sickness closes, I am seeking comfort in food. I made this recipe a few weeks ago and I was on the fence about it. I don't post anything that I'm on the fence about. It has to be fabulous! So I changed a few things and made it again, and I loved it! If you are looking for a unique yet delicious mac & cheese recipe, give this one a try! Looking for your classic comfort Mac and Cheese, check out my take on Baked Mac & Cheese for that comfort factor you are looking for.
(adapted from Food Network Magazine)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add 3/4 pound of medium pasta shells to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup diced onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
6 ounces chicken-apple sausage, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Cook, stirring, until the sausage is golden, about 3 minutes.
Stir in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
Stir in 3 cups apple juice and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, about 8 minutes.
Slowly stir about 3/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (you will need 1 pound total), and 1/4 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (you will need 1/2 pound total), into the sauce until smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in the pasta and 1/2 cup sour cream. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Sprinkle with 35 crushed butter crackers (1 sleeve Ritz) and the remaining cheese (1/4 pound Monterey Jack and 1/4 pound cheddar cheese).
Bake until bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve!
Here's to a healthy week for everyone!