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Emeril Lagasse's Kicked-Up Sausage Macaroni and Cheese with Jalape??o Corn Muffins

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Servings:4-6
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Recipe fatigue is a common epidemic that infects every kitchen from time to time. Luckily, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse has just the cure. He turned traditional mac and cheese into Kicked-Up Sausage Macaroni and Cheese with Jalape??o Corn Muffins.

Ingredients

  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound homemade-style spicy pork sausage, removed from casings and crumbled
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a large casserole dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain well.

    In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the sausage, stirring, until browned and the fat is rendered. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. Add the onions, bell peppers, and 1 teaspoon of the Essence, and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and anise seeds, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

    Melt the remaining stick of butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook over medium heat until thick, 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to let the flour brown. Using a whisk, add the milk in a steady stream and cook, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

    Add the salt, pepper, cayenne, and 2 cups of the cheese, and stir well. Add the noodles, cooked sausage and vegetables, and stir well to combine. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

    In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of cheese with the breadcrumbs and remaining 2 teaspoons of Essence. Sprinkle over the macaroni and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with Jalape??o Corn Muffins.

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, copyright MSLO, Inc., all rights reserved. Styled by Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: elbow macaroni, spicy pork sausage, sharp cheddar cheese, bread crumbs

    Course: Dinner


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