Mac and Cheese Alfredo

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Mac and Cheese Alfredo
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Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 16 minutes

This one dish casserole meal is a sophisticated remake of mac and cheese that includes tangy goat cheese, heavy cream and mild Italian sausage -- plus plenty of tender macaroni.

What you'll need

  • 3 cups dry fusilli pasta
  • 6 cups lightly salted water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound mild, ground Italian sausage
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil
Notes:

Servings: 4-6

How to make it

  1. Bring water to a boil in lightly salted water. Cook fusilli pasta for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and drain pasta. Set pasta aside.

  2. In a large heavy saucepan heat olive oil. Add Italian sausage and brown for 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. Next, add shallots, celery, garlic, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes, if using. Cook for approximately 5 minutes on medium heat until vegetables are soft and haven't browned.

  4. Then add heavy cream, basil, cooked fusilli, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil stirring well, then simmer and reduce for 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off flame and remove saucepan from fire, wait a minute, then add goat cheese, and stir well. Serve in large bowl and garnish with basil.

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