Recipe: Creamy Mac & Cheese with Polish Sausage

Take note, because you will never see another recipe like this from me! I don't eat pasta, and I don't eat pork. However, I've absolutely been craving this meal. When I was younger, my mom used to make it for my brother and me. She used Velveeta Shells 'n Cheddar and Polish sausage. Of course, being kids, Velveeta was liquid gold to my brother and me. So creamy - we loved it! I guess I just miss my family a lot, because I was dying to recreate it, using real food ingredients. I did use white pasta; I know whole wheat is healthier but I really can't stand whole wheat pasta! Plus, that's not the way my mom made it. And although I'm normally a white cheddar kind of girl, I used orange cheddar, because Velveeta is orange! Here's what I came up with!

Ingredients:
1 ½ c. seashell pasta
2 c. whole milk
¼ tsp. dry mustard
2 TBS. yogurt cheese or cream cheese
¾ c. mild cheddar cheese
2 Polish sausages


Grate mild cheddar cheese. Block cheese melts better than the pre-shredded stuff. Mild cheese is softer and will melt better and be creamier than sharp cheeses.


Put the pasta and milk in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat. Stir almost constantly; remember that milk will scorch if you're not attentive! Cook for 15 to 20 minutes; pasta takes longer to cook in milk than in water.


Meanwhile, cut the Polish sausage into coins and cook in a skillet over medium heat. It won't take long, about 6 to 8 minutes.


The milk will cook down, and the starch from the pasta will make it thick. Taste the pasta for doneness; immediately remove it from the heat. Stir in the dry mustard, yogurt cheese or cream cheese, and grated mild cheddar cheese.

Yogurt cheese is made at home using only plain yogurt. Put the yogurt in a cheesecloth over a bowl and let the whey drain out. It's kind of like making Greek yogurt, except yogurt cheese needs to drain for 24 to 48 hours so it gets really thick like cream cheese.


Pour the macaroni and cheese in a bowl and top with Polish sausages.


This recipe serves 2, so multiply for your family size. This really is super creamy and delicious!

Printable: Creamy Mac & Cheese with Polish Sausage

2 comments:

  1. Aww... looks delicious. Haven't had the Velveeta stuff in years.. bet it tastes different now.

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  2. I never thought of adding Polish Sausage to Mac & Cheese! But it sounds so obvious... (Given my German background growing up in a Polish community!)

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