Sun Dried Tomato Mac and Cheese

by Carrie on April 21, 2010

I have another wonderful guest blogger to bring you today, today I bring you Amy from Amys Kitchen Creations

YUM. This is comfort food at its finest. I wish we had more of this at home, but between lunches yesterday and a couple sneaks into the baking dish for more bites…it’s all gone. This was part of our ‘don’t count points’ day. It was delicious, and not to mention super easy!

We were starving so we dug in before we could take a proper picture, but if you make this, you’ll understand. It was divine! You could make this for company, an easy weeknight meal, a meal for someone recovering from surgery, or for new parents. Everyone will love it.

Sun Dried Tomato Mac & Cheese (inspired by: a fellow Tastefully Simple consultant)

  • 1 box of Smart Taste Rotini Pasta (love this stuff! We recently picked some up at the store for $1/box)
  • 10oz of Velveeta (I used Velveeta  2% which has less fat than regular Velveeta)
  • 2 Tablespoons Tastefully Simple’s Sun-Dried Tomato Veggie Dip Mix
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 package Jennie-O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, cooked to whichever method you prefer (I put them in a pan with some olive oil and seasonings and cooked that way)
  • Ritz cracker crumbs, about 1 1/2 to 2 cups

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Shortly before the pasta is done cooking, begin to melt the cheese and the milk together in a pot on the stove (use a pot, because you’ll combine the pasta, sausage and seasoning mix in there too). Drain the pasta when done and set aside.
When the cheese is close to all melted, add the pasta and your cooked turkey sausage. Mix together. You can add a little more milk here, if you’d like it to be creamier. I didn’t measure the amount of milk I put in, I just kind of eyeballed it. Next time, I’ll definitely measure so that it’s creamier)
Bake in a 350* oven for about 20 minutes until the cracker crumbs are browned and the dish is thoroughly heated through.

I didn’t have Ritz crackers, but I had these that were almost gone so I crushed them up. They’re a tasty snack, but they were great as the topping too!

Go check out Amys blog for some wonderful other recipe she has baked/cooked up recently.

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