This delicious recipe for Cajun Inspired Macaroni and Cheese contains some serious Cajun flair from Andouille sausage, green scallions, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, Cajun Spice, and everything excellent.
Macaroni and Cheese is one of America’s all-time comfort foods. If you delve into Google, you will find many Macaroni and Cheese recipes your head will spin guaranteed.
I decided to search out a Cajun Flavored one to try out. I found many I have, to be honest, spending a decent amount of time in Louisiana over the years. I know most of the recipes are far from the case being Authentic. That includes the one I decided to make, “Cajun Inspired Macaroni and Cheese” However, it’s always fun to have a little Cajun Inspiration on the dinner table.
This Cajun Inspired Macaroni and Cheese recipe was Adapted from Soul Food and Southern Cooking
Cajun Inspired Macaroni and Cheese
One pound small pasta shells
Two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
Sixteen ounces of andouille sausage, diced
One bunch of green scallions, sliced
One cup chopped green bell pepper
One cup chopped red pepper
One can (10 ounces) of Ro*tel Diced tomatoes with chiles
One tablespoon of Cajun spice, your brand
pinch of ground cayenne pepper
One cup of whole milk
Twelve ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Kosher salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper to own taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 1 minute less than the label directs. Drain pasta.
Meanwhile, combine the olive oil and sausage in a large skillet over high heat and cook, stirring, until the sausage starts to brown (2-3 minutes).
Stir in the scallions and bell pepper and cook for another 2-4 minutes. Add the Rotel Diced tomatoes and Cajun spice, and cayenne pepper. Gradually whisk in the milk, continue whisking until the sauce is thick and smooth, about 4-6 minutes.
Add pasta and cheese. Mix thoroughly.
This pasta contains a little KICK, so I would advise if you have children to use Original Ro*Tel tomatoes, Smoked Kielbasa, and omit a little of the Cajun spices.
Cajun Inspired Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 pound small pasta shells cooked
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound andouille sausage sliced or diced
- 1 bunch green scallions sliced
- 1 cup green bell pepper chopped
- 1 cup red bell pepper chopped
- 1-10- ounce Ro*tel Diced tomatoes with chiles
- 1 tablespoon Cajun spice do not sub with Creole spice
- 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper optional
- 1 cup whole milk + more to thin if needed
- 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese grated
- Kosher salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 1 minute less than the label directs. Drain pasta.
- Meanwhile, combine the olive oil and sausage in a large skillet over high heat and cook, stirring, until the sausage starts to brown (2-3 minutes).
- Stir in the scallions and bell pepper and cook for another 2-4 minutes. Add the Rotel Diced tomatoes, including the juice and Cajun spice, and cayenne pepper. Gradually whisk in the milk, continue whisking until the sauce is thick and smooth, about 4-6 minutes.
- Add pasta and cheese. Mix thoroughly.
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- Authentic Cajun Red Beans with Rice are the Monday supper tradition in Louisiana. This Authentic Red beans with rice recipe will keep exceptionally well in the refrigerator and are just as good a couple of days later. Serve these incredible tasting Red Beans with Rice and homemade cornbread, and you have a fantastic meal.
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