(In fact, I didn't even use macaroni in this dish - I used a twisty shape called 'o Vesuvio instead, which has tons of little twists for the sauce to nestle into)
Smoked Turkey Mac n' Cheese
2 cups uncooked macaroni or shell pasta
1 small onion, grated
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
3 cups milk
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup diced smoked turkey or ham
½ cup frozen peas
1 tsp powdered mustard
Salt and pepper
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until just shy of al dente, or about 1 minute less than the recommended cook time printed on the package. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large saute pan set over medium heat, saute the onion in butter until translucent. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes to make a roux. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens up. Remove from heat and stir in the grated cheese, smoked turkey, peas and mustard. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the cheese sauce over the drained macaroni and toss to coat evenly. Spoon the mixture into a buttered casserole dish, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until bubbling hot.
Yum! This sounds so perfect and comforting. And I love the peas and mustard in this dish!
I saw your Mac & Cheese on the Refrigerator Soup and found myself drooling! It looks gorgeous and I like the idea of adding different things to it. I think bacon and onion would go quite nice too. Thanks for sharing! :)
Sounds delicious with smoked turkey! Perfect for a winter night.
Tokyo Terrace says
Wow- this looks delicious! I adore mac and cheese when it is cold out as well. It's such a great way to feel cozy and warm. Thanks for your comment on my blog, by the way! Nice to know that you stopped by :)
Classic Anne says
I'm not a mac and cheese fan due to lactose intolerance, but your version looks and sounds so good I just might try it!
All Things Yummy says
Yum, I love mac n cheese.
Bianca @southbay rants n raves says
It's always fun to upgrade an old favorite.