We were pretty surprised to read about mac and cheese and its amazing origin story. It turns out that the cheesy pasta dish has been a part of the fabric of America since nearly the beginning. In fact, according to a 2017 article published by Smithsonian Magazine, the person responsible for bringing mac and cheese to the United States was Thomas Jefferson. Most of us know the statesman for many of his other accomplishments — namely, he was the third President of the United States — but some historians credit the Founding Father with serving mac and cheese at a state dinner in 1802. Jefferson first had mac and cheese when he lived in France. Knowing he would crave the dish back at Monticello, he drew a sketch of a machine for making “maccaroni” bring with him…
Since mac and cheese has become a staple of American comfort foods, home chefs have been tweaking their mac & cheese recipes to suit individual tastes. That’s exactly what we did. The mac & cheese recipe here calls for Aidells Cajun-Style Andouille, which is a lean, double-smoked pork rope sausage made with Creole spices.
Try this: You can add Aidells Cajun-style andouille to tons of different recipes, including appetizers, breakfast sandwiches, soups (like this minestrone recipe) stews, gumbo, and tons of different main courses, like lentils and chard, sausage skewers, risotto, and more. You can alsotry different Aidells sausage varieties with this mac & cheese recipe. There’s a Mediterannean-style Artichoke & Garlic or mini Chicken & Apple smoked sausages. There’s also a smoked sausage combo Grill Pack, which comes with Italian Style with mozzarella cheese, Habanero with pepper Jack cheese smoked and Mango smoked chicken sausages.
- Heat Andouille Sausage in a skillet for 8-10 minutes until heated through. Remove the sausage from the skillet, and set aside.
- Boil salted water and stir in macaroni according to box instructions. Cook until Al dente (firm but not hard).
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
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|Calories1280Calories from Fat640|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.