Linguica Mac & Cheese

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  • Course: Entree
  • Cuisine: Portuguese
  • Occasion: Any
  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook/Bake Time: 15 minutes
  • Ready In: 45 minutes
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Ingredients

AmountMeasurementIngredientNotes
1BoxElbow MacaroniPrepare as directed
4TablespoonsVegetable Oil
1WholeOnionDiced
3ClovesGarlicMinced
1PackageGround Linguica Turkey or chicken if you want a leaner option
1/2BottleBeerThe head of the bottle or a bit more, eye it
1PacketGoya Saffron Seasoning
2TablespoonsButterUse Olivio for healthier option
3/4CupFlour
2CupsMilkUse 1% for healthier option
2TablespoonsCream CheeseUse Fat Free for healthier option
1 3/4CupsCheddar CheeseGrated or shredded
3/4CupMonterey Jack CheeseShredded (Use Pepper Jack for spicier taste)
1/2CupMozzerella CheeseShredded
1TeaspoonBlack PepperAdd 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper for spicier dish
1TeaspoonChili Powder
1/4CupBread Crumbs
2TablespoonsParmesan CheeseGrated

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni al dente, as instructed on package and transfer to large mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350°. Melt butter in medium saucepan on medium low heat. Stir in flour, then combine milk and cream cheese. Thicken and stir for about 5 min, until consistent throughout. Combine in cheeses, spices, until melted. Pour the sauce over the macaroni, combine in the linguica, stir.
  3. Pour the mac & cheese mixture into a casserole dish (I use a 13x9x2 and it fits perfectly.) Combine bread crumbs, parmesan, spices in small bowl, mixing with fingers. Spread the bread crumb mixture on top of mac & cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes, then let stand to cool. Enjoy!
  4. If you like it cheesier, you can add more cheese to the sauce mix, or into the combined linguica/sauce/pasta mixture. Experiment with blending it in, or using layers when putting into the baking pan.
  5. I will add pineapple to it for a sweet and spicy flavor. Get 2 canned pineapples, usually crushed, and cook 1 can with linguica, 1 can pureed and blended into the cheese sauce, and fresh pineapple cubes mixed in with the linguica/cheese/pasta mix before baking.
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