At one time I subscribed to 30 Days 30 Ways with Macaroni and Cheese. Some of the recipes in that 30 days were… questionable to say the very least, but a few stood out as winners. Breakfast Mac was one of them.
I decided to try the dish on a weekend when at least one of the four kids would be visiting. The Kid and The Girl are more likely to try anything I cook than The Hero, Big Brotha and Bruiser. I figured if nothing else, at least I’ll throw away less than if I made it for me and The Hero, who, I’ll remind you once again, has mouth feel issues.
This is not a healthy dish. The cheese, sausage and biscuit topping alone will make the health conscious rethink this dish. For the sake of your taste buds though, try it. Full fat and all. Cut smaller pieces, but you will appreciate the full-fat flavor versus the reduced or no-fat version. The next time you make it, go ahead and substitute to reduce the calories. But for the sake of all things delicious, bite the bullet on this one.
Breakfast Mac & Cheese
adapted slightly from 30 Days 30 Ways with Macaroni and Cheese
- ½ pound pasta (I used macaroni, but I’ve also used penne)
- 1 pound maple breakfast sausage (buy the kind in the roll)
- ½ large onion, diced
- ½ red pepper, diced
- ½ green pepper, diced
- 1 Habanero pepper, diced (included seeds for more heat)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2½ cups (about 10 ounces) Colby jack, shredded and divided
- 2½ cups (about 10 ounces) pepper jack, shredded and divided
- House seasoning to taste
- 2 eggs
- 2 Grands! Jrs. biscuits, crumbled
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the sausage until browned. Remove sausage from the pan, drain the fat off and set sausage aside. In the same skillet, add the onion and peppers and cook over medium-high heat until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove onion and pepper mixture from pan and set aside.
Add butter to the same skillet and stir constantly until melted. Add the flour and stir constantly over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Slowly pour in the milk and whisk continuously until it is smooth and has thickened, about 4-6 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1¾ cups each of Colby jack and pepper jack. Season with house seasoning to taste. Add the pasta, cooked sausage, onion and pepper mixture to the cheese mixture and stir until combined. Pour into prepared baking dish.
In a small bowl, whisk eggs. Add in the remaining cheese and crumbled biscuits and stir until combined. Pour this mixture over the pasta in the baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.