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Cajun Macaroni & Cheese

40 Minutes
20 Min Prep
40 Min Cook
Upgrade from classic to Cajun with this ultra-flavorful Cajun Macaroni and Cheese recipe. If you're wondering where this Cajun Macaroni and Cheese gets its kick, check out the recipe today for answers!
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6 servings
Original recipe yields 6 servings
3 cups cavatappi, uncooked
2 Tbsp. butter
1 cup chopped smoked sausage (about 4 oz.)
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Mozzarella & Cheddar Cheese Expertly Paired for Mac ‘n Cheese & Casseroles, divided
1-1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 green onion, sliced
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Let's Make It
1
Heat oven to 375°F.
2
Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
3
Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan on medium heat. Add sausage; cook 3 to 4 min. or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Use slotted spoon to transfer sausage to plate; set aside. Add flour to saucepan; whisk until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil, whisking constantly. Cook 1 to 2 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add 1-1/2 cups cheese and Cajun seasoning; stir until cheese is completely melted and sauce is well blended.
4
Drain pasta. Add to cheese sauce along with the sausage; mix lightly.
5
Spoon into 1-1/2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining cheese and bread crumbs.
6
Bake 20 min. or until macaroni and cheese is heated through and bread crumbs are golden brown.
7
Sprinkle with onions before serving.
Kitchen Tips
Substitute
Prepare using reduced-sodium smoked turkey sausage.
Nutrition
Calories
440
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g
27%
Saturated Fat 11g
55%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 65mg
22%
Sodium 550mg
24%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
14%
Dietary Fibers 3g
11%
Sugars 5g
10%
Protein 19g
38%
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
25%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
6 servings, about 1 cup each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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