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fresh herb mac and cheese
Fresh Herb Mac and Cheese

This baked mac and cheese is filled with broccoli and chicken sausage, and has a fresh herb topping. Perfect for kids and adults.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mac and cheese
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 500 kcal
Ingredients
Mac and Cheese
  • 16 ounces small shells
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 ounces mixed cheddar cheeses
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces 2 links sweet Italian chicken sausage, I use al fresco brand
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small head of broccoli about 1.5 cups
Topping
  • 1/2 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 teaspoon fresh sage chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 or 3.5 quart baking dish.
  2. Cook pasta shells per package instructions until al dente. Set aside.
  3. Steam broccoli and chop crowns into bite size pieces. Set aside. To do this quickly, I put a few tablespoons of a water in a microwave safe bowl, place the broccoli in the water, and then cover the bowl with a microwave safe plate. I heat it on high for about 2 minutes, then drain the broccoli.
  4. Remove sausage from casings and crumble. Heat olive oil in small pan over medium heat. Add crumbled chicken sausage and cook until slightly browned. Remove and set aside.
  5. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt 4 tbsp butter and add onion, seasoning salt, pepper, nutmeg and chili powder, stir together well.
  6. Sprinkle flour over ingredients and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Whisk milk into mixture and bring to a boil. Turn down to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly thickened, whisking frequently.
  8. Stir in cheese and worcestershire sauce. Once well combined, stir in pasta, chicken and broccoli.
  9. Place mixture in prepared baking dish.
  10. Melt 2 tbsp butter and mix well with panko, sage, thyme and rosemary. Spread evenly over mac and cheese.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Herb Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 /12th recipe)
Calories 500 Calories from Fat 179
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.9g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 558mg 23%
Potassium 332mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 80.6g 27%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g 16%
Protein 23.5g 47%
Calcium 292%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.