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Pizza Mac and Cheese

Pizza Mac and Cheese
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 12
If you're torn between ordering pizza or opening a box of mac-and-cheese mix, create this best-of-both-worlds casserole instead.
Updated December 11, 2013

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (16 oz)
  • 1 lb bulk mild or spicy pork sausage
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 cups shredded white Cheddar cheese (16 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 20 slices pepperoni (from 3-oz package)
  • Small fresh basil leaves, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 3-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink; drain. In same skillet, cook bell pepper and onion 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 2
    In 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour, salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper flakes. Cook and stir until smooth. Gradually add milk and water, stirring constantly until thickened. Gradually add Cheddar cheese; stir until melted. Add macaroni, sausage and onion mixture; toss to coat. Spoon into casserole. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until bubbly. Top with Parmesan cheese, pepperoni and remaining 1 teaspoon pepper flakes. Bake 2 to 4 minutes longer, or until lightly browned. Garnish with basil.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
570
Total Fat
35g
0%
Saturated Fat
17g
0%
Sodium
960mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
36g
0%
Dietary Fiber
2g
0%
Protein
29g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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