Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

The Canadian Food Experience Project: My Cherished Canadian Recipe.

This is the first time I have ever made this recipe. Seems weird to be my most cherished right.  The thing is my mom was never an exciting cook. But there were things that she made that I loved to smell cooking in our house.  I would come home from school and see the pot of pasta boiling on the stove and the grater overflowing with shredded cheese and I knew this was the best day ever.  She made this rather simple, yet delicious pasta dish that filled my dad’s required quota of “Italian” and made me one happy little girl.

Part of the reason this dish was so cherished for me was that I would be allowed to help mom grate the cheese and in most cases, having made way to much macaroni she would let me have a little bowl of hot pasta stirred with a handful of cheese as pre dinner treat.  Only for me. Her little taste tester.  Part of me thinks she made the extra pasta just for me and not as a eyeballing error.

Even today when I crave something warm and comforting for dinner I’ll boil up some pasta and stir in that handful of cheese and enjoy my little dish with a huge grin on my face, probably the same one I wore as a little girl.

The other day I decided to make the full casserole my mom use to make.  While it tasted fantastic and I was glad I attempted it it still taste better from mom.

My mom used to get a certain brand of breakfast links however as years passed they were harder and harder to find.  I had to make do with these ones from Schneiders.  You want to precook them by frying them up in a pan. Place them in the bottom of a sprayed casserole dish and top with sliced onions.

Macaroni and Cheese CasseroleOnce your pasta has cooked and drained you want to stir in the cheese and a can of crushed tomatoes.

Macaroni and Cheese CasserolePour on top of sausages and sprinkle with more cheese.

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Bake until bubbling and the top has started to get crunchy.

Macaroni and Cheese CasseroleLook at all that cheesy goodness.

Yields 6

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 pkg breakfast sausage links
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup reserved
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes, drained

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a medium oval casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water cooked the pasta until just fork tender.
  3. While the pasta cooked brown the sausage in a fry pan until cooked through.
  4. Place sausage in bottom of prepared pan and top with onion slices.
  5. Drain the pasta and while it's still hot stir in cheese until melted and then stir in the tomatoes.
  6. Pour pasta on top of sausages and top with reserved cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until top is browned and crispy about 40 minutes.
Recipe Type: Pasta
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