Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Mac and Cheese
Get ready to experience the ultimate comfort food with a spicy twist! This Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Mac & Cheese recipe is a perfect blend of creamy cheese sauce, tender macaroni noodles, and flavorful jalapeno cheddar sausages. The dish is elevated with the addition of fresh chopped jalapenos, which add a delicious kick of heat. The sharp cheddar cheese provides a bold flavor, perfectly balanced by the creamy, buttery sauce. With each bite, you'll savor the satisfying texture of the macaroni and the juicy slices of sausage. Whether you're looking for a quick weeknight meal or a hearty comfort food for a weekend gathering, this recipe is sure to impress. So grab a fork, dig in, and enjoy the mouthwatering flavors of this Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Mac & Cheese!
Start by cooking the macaroni noodles according to the package directions until they are al dente. This usually takes around 8-10 minutes. Once cooked, drain the noodles and set them aside.
While the noodles are cooking, you can prepare the sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, making sure to whisk continuously to prevent the butter from burning. Once the butter has melted, gradually add in the flour while continuing to whisk until the mixture turns light brown. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
Once the flour has cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly add in the milk, stirring constantly. It's important to add the milk gradually to avoid lumps forming. Return the saucepan to the heat and cook the sauce until it thickens, stirring frequently. This should take around 5-7 minutes.
Once the sauce has thickened, add in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ground mustard. Stir well to combine.
Next, add the grated sharp cheddar cheese to the sauce, stirring continuously until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
Add the cooked macaroni noodles, sliced jalapeno cheddar sausages, and chopped jalapenos to the cheese sauce, and stir everything together until everything is evenly coated in the sauce. Leave it over the heat for a few minutes until the sausages are warmed throughout.
Finally, remove the pan from the heat and serve the Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Mac & Cheese while it's still hot and creamy. Enjoy!
Serving Size 1 cup
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 440kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 32g50%
- Saturated Fat 19g95%
- Cholesterol 95mg32%
- Sodium 975mg41%
- Total Carbohydrate 35g12%
- Sugars 4g
- Protein 21g42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.