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Italian-Style Mac & Cheese with Chicken Sausage

This zesty Italian twist on a childhood classic is sure to tickle your family’s taste buds. Tomatoes and basil add bursts of color and flavor to this rich and creamy Mac & Cheese with Chicken Sausage, making this dish irresistible.

Italian-Style Mac & Cheese with Chicken Sausage
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    servings, 1 cup each
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  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dry elbow macaroni (regular or whole wheat)
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian-style 4- or 5-cheese blend
  • 2 links (6 oz.) fully-cooked Italian-seasoned chicken sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh basil leaves


PREPARE pasta according to package directions; drain.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, sausage, garlic powder and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

ADD pasta to cheese sauce; stir until combined. Add tomatoes and basil; stir gently until mixed in.

TIP: Different flavors of chicken sausage can be substituted.