Kielbasa and Cauliflower Mac-n-Cheese Bake

13 01 2012

Most everyone I know enjoys a comfy mac-n-cheese supper…and I’m no exception! I also enjoy coming up with new ways of making it with creative ingredients. It’s cold and snowy here in CLE, so tonight’s supper was all about feeling warm and comfy with the few ingredients I had on hand. I always start with my Mama’s mac-n-cheese recipe and then add goodies from there 🙂

Kielbasa and Cauliflower Mac-n-Cheese Bake

The following serves 4 with leftovers:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 2 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup buttered bread crumbs

Tonight’s additional goodies included: 1 package kielbasa chopped and sautéed with a little diced red onion and roasted cauliflower.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

First roast the cauliflower: Line a baking sheet with foil and toss about a half a head or less of fresh cauliflower florets with some olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, tossing half way through. Remove cauliflower and set aside, leave oven set at 375 degrees.

While the cauliflower is roasting, saute the kielbasa in a medium-large frying pan until caramelized and slightly brown. Add the diced onion when the kielbasa is just about done, saute the onion until browned. Remove the kielbasa and onion onto a plate and set aside. I then used the same frying pan to make the cheese sauce, picking up all the kielbasa bits and flavor. Continue below…

In a saucepan melt butter (or in tonight’s case, use the frying pan you cooked the kielbasa in). Remove from heat, blend in flour with a whisk and then add salt and dried mustard. Turn the heat back on and add milk, stirring constantly. Stir until sauce thickens a little and is smooth. Add cheese and stir until melted, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cook macaroni as directed (under cook al dente by a minute or two because it will finish cooking in the oven). Drain pasta and combine with sauce in a 2-quart casserole dish (also add and combine in the cooked kielbasa, onion and cauliflower at this point). Top with buttered bread crumbs.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and browned on top. Curl up on the couch with your comfy meal, a blanket and enjoy a movie on a cold Friday night!

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19 01 2012
Debra

Looks yummy !!! Think U. Michael would eat it minus the cauliflower. I think I would like it AS IS. LOL

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