Sunday, January 22, 2012

#132 Learn How to Cook- Italian Mac and Cheese

Italian Macaroni and Cheese

What you will need:
  • 1 pound ziti
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 12 crimini mushrooms, roughly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cup Italian cheese
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan

Directions on how to cook this deliciousness.
  1. Cook pasta to chewy al dente (about 8 minutes)
  2. Brown and crumble sausage. Drain sausage on a paper towel lined plate.
  3. In the same pan, add olive oil, butter, garlic and mushrooms. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until the mushrooms turn a lightly golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to broil.
  5. To mushrooms, add flour and stir cooking 2 minutes. Whisk in stock, then stir in cream. Bring mixture to a bubble. Add 2 cups of cheese and drained tomatoes. Cook until cheese melts.
  6. Combine cheese sauce with sausage and pasta. 
  7. Transfer to baking dish and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of italian cheese and the grated parmesan.
  8. Brown under hot broiler (about 3-7 minutes)

I really hope you all try this dish. It is really, really tasty. I don't remember where I originally got the recipe from, but whoever it was knows their mac and cheese. You will never, ever, go back to box mac and cheese after this one.


  1. that looks delicious!! i should try that sometime! yum, yum! and thanks for the comment hun! you are so close to the 50 mark - i believe it will happen for you today!


    hugs, xo

  2. Yummy, that looks delicious, a must try!!!

  3. This looks scrumptious!

    xo Shane

  4. Dropping by from the Monday Mingle Blog Hop. You have some awesome things going on in your life right now! I am enjoying reading your blog. Have a great day!

  5. Wow! My man would love it if I'd make him pasta with heavy cream and meat! I might have to cook it for him sometime. :)
    I'm stopping by from Meg's Mingle Monday.

  6. Looks good! I should make some MAC and Cheese now. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hello from Mingle Monday! This looks delicious!