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Cajun Mac and Cheese

Erica
With andouille sausage, bacon, and tons of flavor, this deliciously loaded mac and cheese recipe delivers just the right Cajun kick.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun
Servings 6 people
Calories 530 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 7 oz andouille sausage diced
  • ½ lb bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning blend of choice
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomato in oil drained and chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper seeded and diced fine
  • 8 oz elbows macaroni pasta uncooked
  • ½ cup fried onions crumbled
  • garnish: chopped flat-leaf parsley, crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions
 

Assemble the ingredients

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Assemble all of the listed ingredients together.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • In a medium skillet, saute the sausage until nicely browned.

Make the Cajun cheese sauce

  • Heat the flour and butter to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, until smooth and bubbly. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 2 minutes, stirring often.
  • To the flour-butter roux, slowly whisk in the milk. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, just until the mixture is warm and starting to give off a little steam. Reduce heat to low.
  • Whisk in the Dijon mustard, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and minced onion. Stir in the mozzarella cheese and 1-1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese (reserve 1/2 cup for the topping).
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheeses are melted.
  • Remove from the heat. Add the bell pepper, sun-dried tomato, andouille sausage, and bacon.

Cook the pasta

  • Cook the macaroni elbow in the boiling water to al dente according to package directions. Note that this can be done while making the cheese sauce.
  • Drain and add to the cheese sauce.

Assemble the casserole and bake

  • Pour the cheese sauce and macaroni mixture into a 13x9 bake dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the crumbled fried onions and remaining cheddar cheese. Sprinkle over the casserole.
  • Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through, lightly browned on top, and bubbly.
  • Garnish, if desired, and serve.

Notes

This recipe can be made in advance. Simply heat in a low temperature oven until just heated through, or heat individual portions in the microwave.
As written, this recipe has a little kick but is not spicy. To add more spice, top with red pepper flakes for desired heat. I do not recommend adding more Cajun seasoning as most blends contain salt.

Nutrition

Calories: 530kcal (27%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Keyword Cajun mac and cheese, loaded mac and cheese
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