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Keeping up with The Cantelmo's: A guest post from Jen

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A guest post from Jen

Hi everyone,
since I am not the best in the kitchen I asked Jen
to share a recipe with us!
Jen always has the yummiest recipes on her blog,
the cutest outfit posts and is always so encouraging.
I love her blog. I know you will too. Head over and say hi!

Hi friends! I'm Jen and I blog over at The Arizona Russums. There you will finding me writing about my faith, my marriage and all things home management. I am a Christian, wifey, teacher and grad student, and my passion in life is to encourage other women to live a life of radical obedience to Jesus!

When Melanie asked me to share a recipe on her blog, I knew I had to pull out something classic... Italian Mac and Cheese! This meal is delicious. Especially if you are a pasta fan like me. If there are noodles in it, it's just better in my opinion. Not the healthiest motto to live by, but I don't care. Carb me up. The other nice thing about this meal is that it is fairly easy to make and absolutely husband and kid approved - no matter how many picky eaters you have in your house...


What you need:
1 pound penne noodles
1 pound Italian sweet sausage
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream

1 {10-ounce} bag shredded Italian 4 cheese blend {equals 2.5 cups}
1 can diced tomatoes, drained well

1 cup sliced mushroom {optional}
1 teaspoon hot sauce {optional}
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup bread crumbs {Italian seasoned or plain}
Basil {fresh is best, if you have it!}

What you do:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta to a chewy al dente, about 8 minutes. {Get the water heating on the stove and then move onto the meat, cooking the noodles as you go.}

In a nonstick skillet, brown and crumble the sausage. Drain cooked crumbles on paper towel lined plate. Return pan to heat and add extra-virgin olive oil, butter, garlic (and mushrooms if you like that sort of thing; clearly, I do not). Season liberally with salt and pepper. Saute 3 to 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add flour to skillet and stir, cooking 2 minutes. Whisk in broth, then stir in cream. Bring cream to a bubble, then stir in 2 cups of 4 cheese blend. When cheese has melted into sauce, add tomatoes. When sauce comes to a bubble, remove from heat and adjust seasonings, adding hot sauce if desired. I added a couple drops for kicks. Combine cheese sauce with sausage and pasta, transfer to baking or casserole dish.

In a bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup of 4 cheese blend, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, and breadcrumbs. You can also add fresh basil to this mix. Now that Mr. Basil lives in my kitchen, I try to add a little basil to everything! Sprinkle this cheese and breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the pasta and bake for about 10 minutes. Then turn broiler on oven and broil for 2-5 minutes or until the cheese on top is slightly golden.


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At January 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM , Blogger Beth @ the city said...

yum, that looks and sounds ah-mazing!!!


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