Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

It seems everyone loves mac and cheese. This quick and easy pasta toss combines three types of cheese, plus sausage, for creamy yet hearty texture and flavor. For a more colorful version, stir in spinach.

How to Make It

Heat a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sausage; sauté 4 minutes or until browned. Combine milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in cheeses, onion powder, and garlic salt; cook 3 minutes or until cheeses melt, stirring constantly. Stir in pasta. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Ratings & Reviews

MMowry's Review

April 17, 2012
Solid recipe. This was mild enough for kids but creamy enough for grown ups. I did wish that the flavor had a little more pop. May play around with it again (maybe add some ground mustard) or use other sausages.

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

April 28, 2011
Cheesy comforting goodness. I used a fresh basil chicken sausage I got from my butcher, removed it from the casing and crumbled it.

SAtownmommy's Review

March 24, 2011
Horrible,there is alot of cheese in this recipe...but it doesnt really tast cheesy. It just has a weird taste. I love CL recipes...but I had to make everyone a second lunch after makeing this.

LCD424's Review

March 14, 2011
I was hesitant to try this recipe after reading some of the reviews but was pleased with the results. The sauce was thick but not pasty as others had described. I did stir in some baby spinach at the end when adding the cooked pasta. I would make this again - quick, easy and cheesy!

JIMMIC's Review

April 23, 2010
Although I would not make this for a special occasion I gave it four stars because my wife and I really enjoyed this dish. I made it exactly as the recipe read. The sauce was great, rich, creamy thick. I served this with a green salad and fruit for dessert.

katiesmith's Review

October 13, 2009
My husband and I LOVE this recipe! We add in a turkey kielbasa, just for some extra protein. It adds a great flavor and I think is what makes this recipe a keeper!

Spunkydancer's Review

September 12, 2009
My roommate and I started making this when it was first published and OH MY GOODNESS it's a hit everytime! Ultimate comfort food without the guilt - it even fools the men in our lives!

abbyandchris's Review

August 19, 2009
We LOVE this recipe - it is our standby, go to, comfort food - a staple in our home! Great flavor, easy to make and makes great leftovers! Five stars!