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One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Mac and Cheese

One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Mac and Cheese
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 4
This grown-up version of mac and cheese is not for the faint of heart; it’s loaded with andouille sausage and Cajun seasoning for a spicy kick, but still includes a ridiculous amount of creamy cheese. Plus it can be made in one pot so you don’t even have to do the dishes afterward. How’s that for adulting?
Updated November 5, 2018

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 8 oz andouille sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 12 oz uncooked farfalle pasta (4 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (12 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions

Steps

  • 1
    In 8-inch skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; stir to coat. Cook and stir about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning; set aside.
  • 2
    In 4-quart saucepan, cook sausage over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Transfer sausage to bowl.
  • 3
    Place pasta in same saucepan. Add water; cook over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until water is almost completely absorbed and pasta is al dente. Add milk and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning; heat to boiling. Add cheese. Reduce heat to low; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and liquid has reduced to a creamy sauce. Stir in sausage, hot sauce, chicken and green onions; cook until heated through. Top with browned bread crumbs; garnish with additional sliced green onions, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • Andouille is a spicy smoked pork sausage mostly used in Creole and Cajun dishes.
  • Cajun seasoning is a blend of several spices, including paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, dried thyme, salt and pepper.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1210
Calories from Fat
550
Total Fat
61g
94%
Saturated Fat
29g
143%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
225mg
75%
Sodium
1670mg
70%
Potassium
830mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate
95g
32%
Dietary Fiber
4g
18%
Sugars
12g
Protein
70g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
90%
90%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
5 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
6
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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