Calling this "adventurous" might be a bit of a misnomer. It is, in fact, an extremely easy mac & cheese recipe that I, someone who enjoys eating much more than cooking, just invented yesterday. It doesn't require freaky ingredients, like a duck embryo or pork intestines. And the preparation is pretty straightforward. No baking. No liquid nitrogen freezing. No molecular cooking of any kind. (I'm not Wylie Dufresne!) However, I see this as a mini adventure due to the haphazard nature of its inception. Some smoked turkey sausage had been languishing in my fridge since last week, and the broccoli in the bottom compartment was threatening to turn yellow. I had to use them! Many groovy ideas came to my mind. Fried rice, stir-fry, soup--all seemed to guarantee a victory. But in the end, I went with mac and cheese. I'd never made this comfort dish with turkey sausage before, and was curious to find out what it'd be like to zing it up a bit with some Creole seasoning. Well, it was worth the time and effort. Was it spectacular like the Skillet Mac and Cheese at The Porch? Of course not. But it was pretty darn yummy....in a humbly homey way. And here's how to make it.
- 1 cup Smoked Turkey Sausage (sliced)
- 1 cup Broccoli (chopped)
- 1 1/2 cups Mini Penne Pasta
- 1 tbsp. Safflower Oil
- 1 1/2 cups 2% Milk
- 2 tbsps. Flour
- 2 cups Triple Cheddar Blend
- Salt to Taste
- Creole Seasoning to Taste
- Cook pasta in lightly salted water.
- In the meantime, add oil to a skillet. Add sausage and broccoli, and saute on medium heat until sausage is lightly browned, and broccoli is tender but still a little crunchy. Set aside.
- Once the pasta is done, drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
- Warm 1 cup of milk in a saucepan, over low heat. In a bowl, whisk the rest of the milk and flour together until there is no lump. Add the milk-and-flour mixture to the saucepan. Stir until it slightly thickens.
- Add cheese and stir until the sauce is well-blended and creamy. Add Creole seasoning and salt to your liking.
- Add pasta, sausage, and broccoli to the sauce. Stir together well and enjoy!