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Italian-Style Mac & Cheese with Chicken Sausage

Italian-Style Mac & Cheese with Chicken Sausage
Makes:
6 servings, 1 cup each
Prep Time:
5
minutes
Total Time:
20
minutes
based on
6 reviews
This zesty Italian twist on a childhood classic is sure to tickle your family’s taste buds. Tomatoes and basil add bursts of color and flavor to this rich and creamy Mac & Cheese with Chicken Sausage, making this dish irresistible.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dry elbow macaroni (regular or whole wheat)
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian-style 4- or 5-cheese blend
  • 2 links (6 oz.) fully-cooked Italian-seasoned chicken sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh basil leaves

Directions:

PREPARE pasta according to package directions; drain.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, sausage, garlic powder and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

ADD pasta to cheese sauce; stir until combined. Add tomatoes and basil; stir gently until mixed in.

TIP: Different flavors of chicken sausage can be substituted.


Reviews:

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  •  Star(s)

    Big Hit

    Amy Cappelletti from San Diego, CA

    Made it with Gluten Free macarani and it was a HUGE hit with all 6 kids and my Dear Italian Husband!

  •  Star(s)

    Fantastic For Potlucks!

    gloria monroe from Paris, TN

    This recipe as all I have found here is Incredible! We really enjoyed it, I plan on taking it for our next potluck at our church! i know it will get rave reviews! I have shared this website with many people on Facebook and received great thanks! Nestle is and always will be The Very Best!

  •  Star(s)

    Great Supper!

    Jan Wilkins from Blytheville, AR

    I had to use just the italian Sausage, couldn't find the chicken sausage, but it was still delicious! A Great Weeknite meal.

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    Italian Style Mac & cheese with chicken sausage

    Pauline Johnsey from North Stratford, NH

    This is so goog.It is the Carnation milk that makes all the difference.It is so creamy,this is the taste I have been looking for.Everyone loved it.You can use any sausage that you like.Will make this over and over.

  •  Star(s)

    yummy

    KATHY GREEN from South Daytona, FL

    I had a meeting before I finally got home and made dinner. I tried this; it was wonderful. Easy and very flavorful.............

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    What, no pumpkin?

    Susan Campbell from Grass Lake, MI

    Just kidding. My daughter makes this recipe all the time, and everyone loves it. I usually leave out the tomatoes, as my husband doesn't care for them. Good stuff, although I wonder whether just a few spoonsful of pumpkin might give it an extra-rich flavor and color.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 300
  • Calories from Fat: 90
  • Total Fat: 10g (15% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 6g (30% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 40mg (13% of DV)
  • Sodium: 410mg (17% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 33g (11% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (8% of DV)
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Vitamin A: 15% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 6% of DV
  • Calcium: 40% of DV
  • Iron: 6% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Italian-Style Mac & Cheese with Chicken Sausage

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dry elbow macaroni (regular or whole wheat)
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian-style 4- or 5-cheese blend
  • 2 links (6 oz.) fully-cooked Italian-seasoned chicken sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh basil leaves

 

Directions

PREPARE pasta according to package directions; drain.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, sausage, garlic powder and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

ADD pasta to cheese sauce; stir until combined. Add tomatoes and basil; stir gently until mixed in.

TIP: Different flavors of chicken sausage can be substituted.

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