Three Cheese and Sausage Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb dry elbow noodles
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce such as Tapatio or Tabasco
  • 2 cups shredded Gouda Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Brown sausage until cooked and crumbled. Drain if necessary and set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain water and run under cool water. Set pasta aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper until thick and bubbly. Slowly whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium high and keep whisking until milk becomes nice and thick. Once thick, reduce heat to low and stir in mozzarella and cheddar cheese until smooth and creamy. Stir in sausage and cooked pasta. Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with shredded Gouda cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and hot. Serve warm.

Makes 6-8 servings