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Red Leicester Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Football practice ends at 5pm, and I find myself wondering what to make for dinner? Whenever I am in this situation, I always know that I can count on Trader Joe’s. It’s like they know when I need a simple meal, and they even it ready for me to taste test it on the kids before I attempt to cook it at home. During the first week of school, Trader Joe’s saved me with this delicious red leicester macaroni and cheese recipe.

Now I will be honest, I have never made anything with red leicester cheese, but after the kids sampled the recipe they said it was a “go!” The recipe was easy, but I still think it was a little too time consuming for a weeknight when trying to help the kids finish their dinner. It would make a good Sunday night dinner, or a dinner to give to a friend who has just had a baby…or even a potluck!

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Ingredients:

1 1/4 pound of red leicester Trader Joe’s cheese
2 Cups of milk
2 Tbl. of olive oil
4 Tbl. of flour
4 Tbl. of butter
1 package of macaroni noodles
1 package of Trader Joe’s Garlic Herb Chicken Sausages
1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs

Directions:

1. Cook the noodles per package instructions

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2. Slice the sausage into a small pieces.
3. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil until warm – then add the sausage.
4. Cook the sausage on high for about 5 minutes or until fully cooked

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5. In a saucepan continually whisk until thickened the milk, flour and butter.

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6. Once the sauce has thickened, add the cheese. Stir the cheese until fully melted.

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7. In a large pyrex dish, mix the sausage, noodles and cheese.

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8. Top with panko bread crumbs.
9. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

 

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Recipe shared with permission from the lovely ladies at Trader Joe’s!

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