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Southwestern Mac and Cheese with Sausage

When you’re a busy adult with many important things to do it can be hard to make sure you have a homemade meal and not too much fast food for lunch every day. I used to try and meal plan so that there would be enough from every meal for leftovers……and that plan ended with way too many casseroles. I do enjoy a good casserole every now and then, but almost every day is just way too much.

So I started this whole meal prep thing. I’ve discovered some really good Crockpot and one pot recipes ย and of course just a few casseroles. That way I can just spend a little time every Sunday making enough lunch to last the whole week. And then that free’s up dinner time for something simple on busy days like steamed veggies and rice or chicken salads.

What is your favorite thing to make for lunch?

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz Macaroni Elbows, cooked according to package directions
  • 6 Johnsonville Hatch Green Chile Sausage, cut into bite size pieces and fully cooked
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 30 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 12 oz can Seasoned Black Beans, rinsed
  • 7 oz Chopped Green Chiles, hot or mild depending on your preference
  • 2 Cup Colby Jack Shredded Cheese

Boil the pasta according to package directions. Once it’s cooked to your liking drain the pasta and toss with 1 tbsp butter. In a medium skillet over medium high heat add 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a medium skillet and add the sausage and cook about 3-5 minutes until well done.

In a 6 quart pot over medium heat melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the flour, you should have a thick paste texture. Add the milk 1/2 cup at a time whisking thoroughly. Whisk in the tomato sauce and green chiles, bring to a low boil. Lower heat and simmer until your sauce starts to thicken, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes.

Once the sauce will coat the back of a spoon add the cheese and black beans. Stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and add the macaroni and sausage.

Creamy Pasta and Sausage

So the weather has been crazy hot lately!! But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to make a nice dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ But it does make me want to have a meal that isn’t too heavy. This pasta was really flavorful but only has 7 ingredients! Levi was really surprised when I told him that the sauce is just Greek Yogurt. I am also loving this fresh basil from the garden box we set up on the deck!! I put parsley in there too, but I just can’t seem to figure out how to care for that.

I have grown really fond of using Greek Yogurt for sauces instead of sour cream or cream cheese. Here is one tip for cooking with Greek Yogurt, make sure you mix it until it’s smooth before adding it to any heat.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 lb Mild Italian Sausage (I added some oregano and thyme to the meat)
  • 1 lb Penne Pasta, prepared to package instructions
  • 1 bag frozen Corn Kernels
  • 8 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 6 leaves fresh Basil, finely chopped

In a large non-stick skillet add the sausage and spices, cook over a medium heat breaking the sausage into bite size pieces. After 2 minutes add the onion and garlic. Continue to cook stirring occasionally until the sausage is browned. Remove from heat. Drain off the grease.

While the sausage is cooking boil the water and cook the pasta. Add the corn to the pasta when there is 4 minutes left. Cook the pasta to al dente (a little firm). Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain the reset of the water and add the pasta, corn and reserved water to the sausage. Stir in the Greek Yogurt until everything is coated. Add the basil and gently toss.

Then you ready to go!! I hope you love this super easy and tasty dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments!