Mac and Cheese with Browned Kielbasa Bites

This recipe for Mac and Cheese with Browned Kielbasa bites fell in my lap one day. It was the perfect fix for that oh-so-familiar craving for creamy macaroni and cheese, rich, savory sausage coins, and nothing out of a box. #macandcheese #comfortfood #homemademacaroniandcheese

This Mac and Cheese is the Best

I’ve never used a can of cheddar cheese soup to make mac and cheese before, so I wasn’t quite sure how this recipe would turn out when I began experimenting.  But, heck, if Paula Deene can do it, so can we! And, guess what? My family ADORES this recipe – it’s fast, creamy, and perfectly fattening…..just how Mac and Cheese was meant to be. I’d like to add a nice green veggie to this dish, such as cooked broccoli or green beans, but my guys wouldn’t hear of it!

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Mac and Cheese with Kielbasa Bites in Minutes!

The BEST part of this recipes is that you can make it so many different ways! Naturally, I go straight for my Instant Pot. Using it as both a burner AND a cooking pot, this meal is on the table in 15 minutes and everyone is happy! I prefer to brown my kielbasa right in the instant pot. Not only does this add a great layer of flavor for cooking your noodles in, but it also heats up the pot which makes it come up to pressure faster! Win win!

No Instant Pot? No Problem!

Mac and Cheese with Kielbasa Bites is only a few minutes away when made on the stovetop, as well. I love to brown the kielbasa bites in the pot first to get some more flavor onto the bottom of the pot. Then add your pasta and chicken broth. You’ll cook the noodles as you normally would and then simply stir in the magic ingredients at the end!

And finally, this mac and cheese is great for popping in the slow cooker and letting it do its thing for a couple hours. The trick to keeping the noodles from getting mushy is to only cook them about five minutes. Simmering in the slow cooker with the broth, cheese, and sour cream will cook the noodles the rest of the way and leave you with perfectly cooked, cheesy comfort food. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe for Mac and Cheese with Browned Kielbasa Bites:

Instant Pot Little Smokie Mac and Cheese

Course Kid Friendly, Main Course
Keyword cheesy, instant pot, macaroni, Pasta, speedy meal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rotini pasta, or your favorite pasta of choice
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, or any cheddar cheese you prefer
  • 1 can Campbell's Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup, 10 3/4 oz. (or substitute 10 oz. cubed Velveeta cheese)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
  • 1 lb. litte smokie all-beef sausages, browned off in a bit of oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • your favorite bbq sauce, for drizzling over the top of each serving, if desired

Instructions

Instant Pot Cooking Method

  1. Place the broth into the Instant Pot; use the saute setting to get the broth boiling, then stir in the pasta. Turn off the Instant Pot.  When timer goes off, use quick release method to release pressure from PC.  Do not drain water from macaroni! Stir in dry mustard, sharp cheddar, soup, sour cream/egg mixture; combine well, then fold in kielbasa; season macaroni and cheese to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve at once.

  2. Lock the Instant Pot lid into place. Using the manual button, choose High Pressure for 5 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure. When the timer sounds, use a quick release to remove all pressure from the Instant Pot. Carefully remove the lid and give the pasta a quick stir - no need to drain the pasta!

  3. Add the beaten egg to the sour cream, then stir this mixture into the hot pasta. Add the cheddar cheese soup, shredded cheddar cheese, and the spicy brown mustard, as well, mixing to combine all the ingredients. Drizzle with your favorite bbq sauce and serve at once!

Slow Cooker Cooking Method

  1. Combine macaroni and chicken broth in a large pot; bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook for 5 minutes. Do not drain water from macaroni! Stir in the cheese, soup, and sour cream/egg mixture, and spicy brown mustard; combine well, then fold in kielbasa; season macaroni and cheese to taste with salt and pepper.  Place macaroni into a pre-heated slow cooker and  cook on low for 2 hours. Drizzle with your favorite bbq sauce, if desired, and serve at once.

Recipe Notes

If you brown your kielbasa in the Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker first, it will make the mac and cheese even MORE delicious! Just set kielbasa aside until it's needed later in the recipe. 

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