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Breakfast Mac N Cheese

Breakfast Mac n Cheese

Breakfast Mac n Cheese

When I first saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. I love breakfast sausage and I love mac n cheese. I make so many egg bakes for breakfasts around here that it was time for a new one. I decided to surprise my P.S. who is also a huge mac n cheese fan. He even brings home boxes of mac n cheese for fast meals. I’d rather make it from scratch but when I’m not around, he has his boxes.

I will say this isn’t a typically “easy” recipe.  There are a lot of steps and things to boil and fry to assemble a giant pan of cheesy breakfast goodness.  And I don’t even want to THINK about all of the dishes I ended up washing afterwards!  A lot.  But as we often say about those recipes that leave the kitchen piled with dishes to clean up, “It was worth it!”

I boiled the pasta first, to get that done and cooled and set aside.  I used cavatappi like the recipe and it boiled for 9 minutes to be still firm.  Follow the box for cooking times.  While my pasta cooked, I moved on to the sausage.

Fry sausage until browned and caramelized in places. Break into smaller bits and cook through

Fry sausage until browned and caramelized in places. Break into smaller bits and cook through

I used my large nonstick skillet to fry the bulk breakfast sausage I’d bought.  I didn’t use a sausage with maple flavoring, I’d had that recently and didn’t want that in my flavor profile this time.  Your choice, maple or not.  I fried it until it was nicely browned and caramelized on the first side, then broke it up into small pieces and let it finish cooking.  I used a slotted spoon to set it aside in a bowl.

Fry pepper until it is browned around the edges

Fry pepper until it is browned around the edges

I used a smaller skillet to fry my diced peppers, not thinking that I should have also been frying the onions.  When my peppers were browned around the edges I removed them to the bowl of sausage as well, then diced up my forgotten onion.

Fry onion until it is browned around the edges

Fry onion until it is browned around the edges

I fried the onion in a light drizzle of oil in the same smaller skillet until they were translucent and lightly browned.  I also added them to the bowl of sausage.

The pasta was done and I drained then rinsed it with cold water.  I set it aside in the colander.

Melt butter and cook for several minutes with flour, stirring constantly

Melt butter and cook for several minutes with flour, stirring constantly

Back to the large nonstick skillet, I heated it to medium and melted the butter before stirring in the flour.  I continued to stir it for several minutes, cooking the flour well.

Add milk and whisk until sauce is smooth and begins to thicken. Stir in 2/3 of cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

Add milk and whisk until sauce is smooth and begins to thicken. Stir in 2/3 of cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

I added half of the milk and whisked well until all of the lumps had disappeared.  I added the remaining 2 cups of  milk and let it come to a boil then cook until it had thickened.  The cheese came next: I stirred in 2/3 of each of the 3 cheese until they were melted and smooth.  I taste tested and added salt and pepper until I was happy with the taste.

Pour cheese sauce into large bowl. Add sausage, peppers, onion and pasta. Stir until well mixed.

Pour cheese sauce into large bowl. Add sausage, peppers, onion and pasta. Stir until well mixed.

I poured the cheese mixture into a large mixing bowl then added the sausage, onion and pepper mixture as well as the pasta.  I stirred until it was evenly mixed then spread it into my sprayed baking pan.

Spread pasta mixture into prepared pan

Spread pasta mixture into prepared pan

In a separate bowl I whisked the eggs then added the remaining cheeses and the biscuits I’d torn in pieces.  I added an extra egg due to the amount of biscuits I used.  You could add another egg and use the whole roll of biscuits.

In a separate bowl whisk eggs then stir in remaining cheese and torn biscuits

In a separate bowl whisk eggs then stir in remaining cheese and torn biscuits

I mixed well then spread it over the macaroni mixture in the pan. I slid the pan into the preheated oven and set the timer for 30 minutes.  I have to note that the original recipe and the recipe she followed used a cast iron frying pan for the recipe.  My recipe made such a great amount of food it didn’t fit easily into a 9×13-in pan.  I had to use my lasagna pan that is more like 11×15-in.  I didn’t add anything to the recipe, I’m not sure why my yield was so much greater.

Spread biscuit mixture into pan over pasta mixture.

Spread biscuit mixture into pan over pasta mixture.

At 30 minutes the top was lightly browned and the biscuits were a beautiful golden brown.

Breakfast Mac n Cheese

Breakfast Mac n Cheese

I set the pan on a rack to cool for a few minutes then served myself a small portion.  Just to rate it.  Wow, I loved it!  It was sausage and biscuits.. and mac n cheese.. all in one bite.  Absolutely a great idea for breakfast!  And maybe a midnight snack…

Breakfast Mac n Cheese

Breakfast Mac n Cheese

Breakfast Mac n Cheese

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb of pasta; cooked according to box directions (I used cavatappi)
  • 1 lb pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 large onion; diced
  • 1 red pepper; diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups whole milk (I used 2%)
  • 2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 eggs
  • 5 or 6 cooked breakfast biscuits (I used 4 jumbo buttermilk biscuits and would use more next time)
  • Maple Syrup for garnish if desired

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 11×15 baking dish.
  2. Make the pasta. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process; set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook the sausage until it is browned and caramelized in places. Break up into smaller pieces and cook through. Drain and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet cook the onion and pepper until browned around the edges. Add to sausage mixture and set aside.
  5. Melt butter in skillet and add flour. Cook over medium heat for several minutes. This removes the raw flour flavor. Add 2 cups of milk and whisk until smooth, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in the remaining 2 cups of milk. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in 2/3 of the cheese, stirring until melted and smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour cheese sauce into a large bowl. Stir in the pasta and sausage mixture until well mixed. Spread in a greased or sprayed baking pan. I used a 11×15 lasagna pan.
  8. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs then stir in the remaining cheese and the crumbled biscuits. Spread mixture on top of the mac and cheese.
  9. Bake at 375°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.

Adapted from 4 Sons ‘R’ UsTiara Logo

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