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Tuscan Pasta and Cheese

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A sophisticated “grown-up” macaroni and cheese dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Macaroni Noodles
  • 12 ounces, weight Italian Sausage
  • 1 cup Croutons
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sage
  • ¼ teaspoons Thyme
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Pepper
  • 1-½ cup Milk
  • 1 whole Tomato, Sliced
  • ¼ cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated

Preparation

Cook and drain noodles according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cook Italian sausage and drain fat.

Add drained noodles, croutons, mozzarella cheese, and cream cheese to cooked sausage and mix well. Transfer to an ovenproof casserole dish.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour and seasonings until will blended and bubbly. Add milk all at once. Bring to a low boil and stir until slightly thickened. Pour sauce evenly over noodle mixture.

Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Arrange sliced tomato on top of noodle mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 5-10 minutes.

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llatkinsonjr on 9.18.2009

All my family loved this flavorful dish! Easy to make too.

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karenp on 3.28.2011

We have had this a couple times, and really like this! I need to add more tomato than I did, though.

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