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 nice.
Macaroni and Cheese is one of America’s all-time comfort foods… If you delve into Google you will literally find so 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 of 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 recipe was Adapted from Soul Food and Southern Cooking
Cajun Inspired Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 pound Small pasta shells
- 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
- 16 ounces of andouille sausage, diced
- 1 bunch of green scallions, sliced
- 1 cup of chopped green bell pepper
- 1 cup of chopped red pepper
- 1 can (10 ounces) of Ro*tel Diced tomatoes with chiles
- 1 tablespoon of Cajun spice, your brand
- pinch of ground cayenne pepper
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 12 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 about 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.
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