Dinner doesn’t get more comforting than this Sausage and Mushroom Mac n’ Cheese. This pasta is loaded with smoky sausage, mushrooms, swiss cheese and thyme. It’s the perfect fall dinner!
Raise your hand if your kiddos love mac n’ cheese! Mine do and to be honest, I do too. It is one of my most favorite comfort foods and I make it, from scratch, a few times a month. Despite my love for the cheesy goodness, it usually gets relegated to a side dish but I am always on the lookout for ways to make mac n’ cheese the star of the show. This Sausage and Mushroom Mac n’ Cheese does just that.
When it comes to mac n’ cheese what kind of pasta person are you? Elbow? Spirals? Shells? Penne? There are so many good options. For this sausage and mushroom mac n’ cheese, I decided to take the shell route. I love that the inside of the shell is like a pocket of cheese sauce.
Mmm…pocket of cheese.
Speaking of cheese, I use two different kinds in this mac n’ cheese: mozzarella and swiss. I picked mozzarella because I love the stringiness that it adds. I picked swiss because swiss and mushrooms just go so well together. If you aren’t a swiss fan, you could substitute monterey jack instead. It will have a slightly different flavor, but it would still be delicious.
Finally, let’s talk about the sausage. In this Sausage and Mushroom Mac n’ Cheese, I found a smoked sausage at my local grocery store and decided to use that. I wanted to avoid something that was too spicy, since the kiddos were eating too. I loved the smokiness that the sausage added to this pasta. If you can’t find smoked sausage, kielbasa would be a great substitute.
Michelle De La Cerda-NashNovember 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm
You’re correct, it doesn’t get more comforting than this.
Michelle NahomNovember 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm
Perfect comfort food! YUM! I love homemade mac & cheese!
Carrie RNovember 8, 2016 at 2:02 pm
I just love the addition of sausage and mushrooms! So hearty and cheesy. :)
Donna HarveyNovember 7, 2016 at 8:34 pm
I never thought of Shell macaroni as holding more cheese, but you are right😀 Now that is my favorite. I will definitely try your recipe sounds good.We like cheese so much that we have an all cheese Supper. Grilled cheese sandwiches, Mac n Cheese, and don’t forget the Cottage cheese, love it!
The Chunky Chef .November 7, 2016 at 6:57 pm
This mac and cheese is the stuff of dreams!
kmcconne79November 7, 2016 at 4:10 pm
Mac and cheese is my ultimate comfort food! Can’t wait to try this!
Amy StaffordNovember 7, 2016 at 2:43 pm
What a great super mac-n-cheese recipe!
Erin @ Texanerin BakingNovember 7, 2016 at 2:28 pm
I don’t have kids but I sure love it! Love this variation on the regular kind.