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One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Mac and Cheese

One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Mac and Cheese

This grown-up version of mac and cheese is not for the faint of heart; it’s loaded with andouille sausage and Cajun seasoning for a spicy kick, but still includes a ridiculous amount of creamy cheese. How’s that for adulting? MORE+LESS-

Make with

Progresso Breadcrumbs

1/2

cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs

2

teaspoons Cajun seasoning

8

oz andouille sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices

12

oz uncooked farfalle pasta (4 cups)

1

can (12 oz) evaporated milk

3

cups shredded Cheddar cheese (12 oz)

2

cups shredded cooked chicken

1/2

cup sliced green onions

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  • 1

    In 8-inch skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; stir to coat. Cook and stir about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning; set aside.

  • 2

    In 4-quart saucepan, cook sausage over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Transfer sausage to bowl.

  • 3

    Place pasta in same saucepan. Add water; cook over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until water is almost completely absorbed and pasta is al dente. Add milk and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning; heat to boiling. Add cheese. Reduce heat to low; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and liquid has reduced to a creamy sauce. Stir in sausage, hot sauce, chicken and green onions; cook until heated through. Top with browned bread crumbs; garnish with additional sliced green onions, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • Andouille is a spicy smoked pork sausage mostly used in Creole and Cajun dishes.
  • Cajun seasoning is a blend of several spices, including paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, dried thyme, salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1210
Calories from Fat
550
% Daily Value
Total Fat
61g
94%
Saturated Fat
29g
143%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
225mg
75%
Sodium
1670mg
70%
Potassium
830mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate
95g
32%
Dietary Fiber
4g
18%
Sugars
12g
Protein
70g
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
90%
90%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:

5 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


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