Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage
16-oz pkg penne pasta (whole grain is okay)
1/2 lb Italian sausage or turkey sausage
3 cups milk
3 tbs butter
3 tbs. all-purpose flour
salt and pepper, to taste
1-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese (Swiss is good too)
1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese (Parmesan works)
1 cup Panko bread crumbs (regular will do)
1 tbs butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain. Set aside. Meanwhile, cut sausage into 1/2-inch pieces. Brown in a skillet. Set aside. Place milk in a microwave-safe container. Heat on high 90 seconds. Set aside. Heat butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in milk, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cheddar and gruyere cheeses until melted. Pour pasta into cheese sauce. Add sausage. Mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Combine bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle over macaroni and cheese. Bake 20-30 minutes until golden brown.