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Johnsonville® Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Brought to you by The Kitchen at Johnsonville® Sausage.


  • 2 cups uncooked whole grain elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 8 ounces processed American cheese, cubed
  • 1 link (half of 13.5 ounce package) Johnsonville® Smoked or Three Cheese Italian Style Premium Cooking Sausage, quartered and sliced


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.
  • Mix panko, parsley, and olive oil together in a bowl.
  • Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Stir in flour until smooth; gradually whisk in milk.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add cheese; cook and stir until melted.
  • Stir in macaroni and sausage.
  • Spread panko mixture on top and bake at 350?F for 25 minutes.
  • Enjoy.

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  • hchambers
    Aug 30, 2017

    This was really good and easy to make. I also added some broccoli and I used ham instead of sausage as that is what I had. We will definitely make this again.

  • kredhead
    Aug 29, 2017

    I made a modified version of this last night for dinner and it was a warming, hearty, cheesy meal. I used a whole box of rigatoni & 2 cups of frozen broccoli chopped & thawed in the microwave. I upped the cheese sauce ingredients and used pepperjack mixed with muenster cheese..which gave it a little zip. Finally, I saut?ed kielbasa coins in the pan to crisp & render the fat. After blotting up most of the fat, I added all the ingredients to the hot pan one by one. I skipped the panko topping & served it right out of the pan. Yummy.

  • eileen344
    May 18, 2017

    I haven't made this yet but I will. It sounds wonderful and I like that it is made with whole grain macaroni and fat free milk.