What’s a girl to do on a cold winter afternoon when eating comfort sounds better than cleaning the house? I’ll tell you—she makes Mac N Cheese.
Yup, that’s what I set myself to accomplish a few dreary weeks ago and goshdarnit, that’s exactly what I did! I was so proud of myself for not giving in to my usual gotta get something done outside of the house or else I’ll go crazy mentality. No sir, that day I was quietly relaxing within the comfort of my own kitchen concocting what I deem to be the most satisfying, yet light comfort meal. You see, I belong to that strange bunch that loves rainy and cloudy weather with a passion. With a passion!!!! (Is that passionate enough?) In fact, it makes me so disgustingly happy and giddy that when I see the sun starting to peek out beyond those clouds I start to sing, "sun sun go away, come again some other day”.
And I bet you didn’t know that one of my dreams is to move to Seattle someday and get rained on all day longgggg….
Okay so, after giving that some thought for a good 10 seconds…being wet all the time doesn’t seem too appealing anymore. But I definitely wouldn’t mind dancing in rain puddles and getting rained on every now and then, and then going home to eat some of this shtufffff. Yes, you have to say it with the “sh” because it makes it that much more emphasized.
Aidells is my go-to brand of sausages because of the minimalistic ingredients as well as the wonderful taste! But as long as it’s a Cajun flavored sausage, it doesn’t matter which brand is used in this recipe. Just thought that I’d throw in my 2 cents about my love for Aidells.
Cajun Sausage Mac N Cheese
I really enjoyed coming up with this recipe because as per usual, I tried to make this old American dish just a tad healthier than normal. One of my favorite food combinations is spicy and bold, and although this Mac N Cheese isn’t necessarily spicy, it does have a slight kick to it due to the addition of Cajun sausage. Instead of using a lot of cheese and heavy cream, I cut the cheese by approximately a half cup and added greek yogurt instead. If you give this a try I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband did! You know when something is good when your husband likes it. ; )
Makes about 6-8 servings
- 12 oz dried elbow macaroni
- water, according to macaroni box directions
- 1 1/4 C cheddar cheese
- 3/4 C greek yogurt
- 1 TBSP butter
- 1 1/2 C milk (I used 2%)
- 3/4 C chopped onions
- 1 1/4 C frozen broccoli pieces
- 1 1/4 C chopped tomato
- 4 Cajun Style sausages
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp paprika
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- pepper to taste
- Chop all the vegetable ingredients and start cutting the sausages on a cutting board. They need to be medium sized semi-circles, so first slice them lengthwise and then cut them about 1/2” thick all across.
- Grab a medium pot and cook the macaroni according to the directions on the box, then drain the water. Add the cheese and milk and warm up on low eat while stirring it occasionally so it gains a creamy consistency.
- In a separate large sized pot, start melting the butter on medium high heat and cook the onion until it is almost translucent. Add the sausage and saute for about 3 minutes.
- Then add the broccoli, tomato, and salt and pepper. Cook for about 4 minutes and occasionally toss with a wooden spoon.
- Pour in the cheesy macaroni in the large pot along with the greek yogurt, garlic powder, and paprika while cooking it on low-medium heat. Mix it gently and thoroughly until everything incorporates well.
- Then serve!
Have a wonderful day and stay healthy in this chilly season! Written by: a wimpy Southern Cali girl.
What screams comfort food to you?
If you could visit or live in one particular place, where would it be and why?
-Oh gosh I have so many. Seattle, Africa, Denmark, Ireland, India, Argentina, the list goes on…..
Does weather affect your mood at all?