Yesterday I went shopping at Safeway bound and determined to mix up my tried and true recipes…eating the same things over and over again can get a little boring so I was happy to take advantage of the Just for U program which saved me $3 when buying 3 Hillshire Farm products. Sweet! I would be able to make 3 meals with those 3 deals!
If you need some recipe ideas check out Hillshire Farm’s site for a huge variety!
I decided on purchasing Thin Sliced Pastrami (to make toasted pastrami and cheese sandwiches for lunch), Smoked Sausage (to make a breakfast casserole) and Gourmet Creations in Basil Pesto (below) to jazz up my regular mac and cheese. You can find all Hillshire Farm products in the refrigerated section.
My challenge as a mother is creating meals that are easy to prep and a meal that both my daughter and husband will love. I don’t have time to make different meals for everyone! 🙂 So for last night’s dinner I figured since everyone in my house loves mac and cheese I would just have to find a way to make it more hearty. My husband doesn’t believe dinner is dinner unless part of it is meat…so my impromptu idea was to add some yummy sausage to my normal recipe which would leave Mabel a happy little girl and my husband a happy guy. Another brownie point for me!
Are you ready to make some delicious mac and cheese? Here you go:
Hearty Mac and Cheese
- 2 Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations sausages (any flavor combination will do but I chose Basil Pesto)
- 2 1/2 cups of dry Penne (but any shape pasta will do)
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 1/2 tablespoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
- 1 cup shredded monterrey jack
- plain bread crumbs
- OPTIONAL – brown sausage. I personally like to lightly brown the sausage because I like the slightly crunchy texture it gives it. Then set it aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil pasta until tender and then put in a strainer to drain completely.
- In a large bowl, combine pasta with the butter and egg. Then add the cheese (leave a little extra out to add later).
- Cut sausage into slices and add to pasta mixture.
- In a small bowl mix dry mustard and salt with a tablespoon of hot water. Make sure dry mustard is thoroughly mixed, no lumps leftover. Then add the cup of milk.
- Put pasta/cheese mix into a greased baking dish.
- Pour milk mixture evenly over the pasta.
- Sprinkle leftover cheese on the top of the pasta and then sprinkle breadcrumbs to taste.
- Bake for 45 minutes and then enjoy!
Let me know what you think! I would love to hear your comments or anyway that you would modify the recipe!