Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese

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Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese- ready in under 30 minutes. Only 1 pot needed!

 

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese makes a hearty family meal and it can be made in under 30 minutes using only one pan.

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I love the flavor that ground sausage adds to mac and cheese and the fact that it makes it feel more like a main dish.

It’s every bit as delicious as this Super Creamy Mac & Cheese.

 

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese- ready in under 30 minutes. Only 1 pot needed!

I like to use Johnsonville All Natural Fresh Italian Mild Ground Sausage. It is so convenient and easy to cook with because it comes packaged the way ground beef does . Just unwrap the package and toss the sausage in a pan to brown it. There’s no need to get your hands all messy trying to remove the sausage from casings.

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese- ready in under 30 minutes. Only 1 pot needed!

Johnsonville Italian Mild Ground Sausage has so much depth of flavor with the perfect blend of Italian herbs and spices.

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese- ready in under 30 minutes. Only 1 pot needed!

 

Because Johnsonville Italian Mild Ground Sausage has so much flavor, only a few ingredients are needed to make this cheesy and delicious mac and cheese. I like to cook a little onion with the sausage. Once the sausage is cooked and crumbled, I add a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of half-and-half, and an 8-ounce package of macaroni.

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese- ready in under 30 minutes. Only 1 pot needed!

 

Let it simmer until the macaroni is cooked and then add 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. It may look a little liquidy at first but once the cheese is melted and mixed in and it cools slightly, it will really thicken up.

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese- ready in under 30 minutes. Only 1 pot needed!

 

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese couldn’t be easier to make and there are hardly any dishes to clean.

Got to love a meal that can be on the table in under 30 minutes and is so cheesy and satisfying with a bite of yummy ground sausage in every bite!

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese- ready in under 30 minutes. Only 1 pot needed!

 

For more Italian sausage meal ideas, visit Johnsonville.com.

4.7 from 10 votes
Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese- ready in under 30 minutes. Only 1 pot needed!
Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese is super cheesy and can be made using only one pot in under 30 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 566 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Johnsonville Italian Mild Ground Sausage
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 (8-ounce) package macaroni pasta
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Place sausage and onion in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Cook, breaking sausage apart with a wooden spoon, until sausage is no longer pink.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, water, half-and-half, and macaroni. Cook, stirring frequently for 12 to 14 minutes.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper, keeping in mind that the cheddar cheese will add some saltiness.
  4. Sprinkle cheese on top and stir until melted and mixed in. Remove from heat.
Nutrition Facts
Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 566
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

36 thoughts on “Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese

  1. Has so much flavor! Almost too much actually, but I like this as a starting point for sure. And it is one pan and so simple. Usually home made Mac n Cheese comes out so bland, this gives it that kick it needs. Thank you for posting this.

    I made a few adjustments for my taste. Here is what I did:
    *Used 1/4 C of Heavy cream since I didn’t have half & half. I added an additional 1/4 water and some powdered milk to make up the 1/2 cup called for in the recipe but next time I will leave the extra 1/4 cup out as mine came out a bit too liquidy.
    *Reduced sausage/onion mixture to 3/4 lbs of sausage as it seemed like way too much sausage to pasta ratio.
    *Added 4 Oz of Cream Cheese
    *Added another cup (113 g) of Monterey Jack Cheese

    **NEXT TIME – Do not add salt. I think the cheese has enough salt – reduce liquid by a half a cup total – Maybe add another 1 cup of Cheddar – Use Medium Cheddar instead of Sharp as Sausage has enough bite. It will help mellow the dish.

    1. Ok. I’ve tasted this again after it has set and after I’ve given my taste buds a break.
      My conclusion?
      Reduce the water I used as stated by 1/4 a 1/2 cup. Reduce the added salt to nothing or just a smidge.
      But, other than that,
      the way I cooked it is awesome sauce 👍.
      This stuff is reeeeally good (see above for alterations).
      I super appreciate this recipe and as always, recipes can be tweaked to adjust to personal preferences. That’s the beauty of online recipes. They are an incredible starting point. To some this will be spot-on perfect. I promise 👍. And to others, their tastes needs to adjust it one way or the other. That’s okay.
      Personally, I have struggled finding a good Mac n Cheese recipe online that didn’t come out bland or just bad. This one, answered the call. It was just what the doctor ordered and so full of flavor.
      Try it.
      Even if you add or take away some things… I promise
      You won’t be disappointed.

  2. Your a life saver!! Last minute recipe I made. It’s quick, easy and tastes amazing!! Going to make it again . Thank you so much!!

      1. Any recipe that uses Italian sausage I not only drain, but I also rinse it in a strainer. It makes a world of difference.

  3. I made this recipe and absolutely loved it ….I added some minced garlic and used a half a block of cream cheese as well and it was amazing !

  4. Made this tonight. This is delicious. The only thing I did differently was to add a dashes of red pepper flakes and garlic pepper. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will definitely be making this again.

  5. This recipe is SO amazing — just wanted to comment and say thank you for giving me a delicious yet easy meal to add to my weekly rotation.

  6. Christin – Just found your website and I made this recipe as my first try out. It was delicious! Was looking for something quick and filling and this was it. The only things I changed were to use the spicy sausage (you are a SPICY southern kitchen) and to use beef broth instead of water. Was so delicious, I didn’t have many leftovers. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Will be making this again!

  7. I’m in love…This was one of the easiest, affordable, most deliciously quick meal I’ve ever made…Have to double my ingredients next time…Everybody wanted seconds. And definitely no leftovers…

      1. Is there a way to make this in the crockpot? Or do you think it would stay warm and dry out of places in crockpot afterwards? Thanks!!!!

  8. This was delicious! Made it with hot italian sausage and it was a huge hit with the boyfriend. It’s definitely staying on my bookmarked go-to recipes. So quick and easy on a weeknight.

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