Meat Lover’s Mac & Cheese

Jump to Recipe

Pizza and pasta are always a crowd-pleaser – especially when most of the crowd is teenage boys! So I decided to come up with a way to combine the two into one great dish – and Meat Lover’s Mac & Cheese is the result. I have to say this is one for the books! The hint of tomato in the cheese sauce and the combination of meats gives you the most amazing pizza pasta experience.

Meat Lover’s Mac & Cheese

I used ground hot Italian sausage for this recipe because I think it holds true to a meat lover’s pizza. You can certainly use regular Italian sausage – but when everything comes together it really is not all that spicy. The real key is to use ground sausage and not links. I prefer Johnsonville – which is pork. But you could certainly use a ground turkey variety like the one Jennie-O supplies.

Meat Lover’s Mac & Cheese

This is for sure not a diet or health-conscious dinner item. However, this is a perfect, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs cheat day meal. There is meat and cheese and pasta. But when you make things from scratch from whole ingredients – you at least stand a chance at it not wrecking your whole week of meals. This meal is awesome for the midweek slump when you need something to get you over the hump!

Meat Lover’s Mac & Cheese

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!

Print

Meat Lover’s Mac & Cheese

A delicious baked Mac & Cheese with a mountain of meat in the flavors of the yummy pizza delight
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked mac & cheese, cheese, cheese sauce, Ham, mac & cheese, meat lover’s, Pasta, pasta dishes, pepperoni, pizza, tomato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Hot Italian Sausage divided
  • 8 oz Pepperoni quartered, divided
  • 8 oz Ham Steak diced, divided
  • 2 cup Mozzerella Cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 cup Parmensan Cheese shredded
  • lb Short Pasta rotini, shells, elbows, etc.
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning divided
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1 15oz can Crushed Tomatoes

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta. Preheat oven to 400deg.
  • In a frying pan over mediuim heat, add italian sausage. Crumble and cook through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add pasta to boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes less than time listed on packaging. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water. Return to pot away from heat.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter and 1 tsp Italian Seasoning. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth and cook another 2 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream and cook 2 minutes. Add in cheddar cheese and one cup of mozzarella cheese. Once fully incorporated add can of crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  • Pour sauce over cooked pasta. Add ¾ of ham, pepperoni and italian sausage. Stir to combine then transfer to 13×9 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzerella cheese, ham, pepperoni and italian sauce. Top with parmesan cheese and remaining italian seasoning. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:

AVAILABLE IN PRINT OR KINDLE eBOOK VERSIONS

Don’t miss new recipes from Homemade on a Weeknight – subscribe and get an email with every new post!

Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

7 thoughts on “Meat Lover’s Mac & Cheese

  1. My grandmother used to put tomatoes in her mac and cheese and I LOVED it! I never thought of adding meats to it (other than our ham & pea mac n cheese). Pinned.

  2. Oh yum, hubby would like this. Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 29. Pinned!

  3. Michele Morin – Warren, Maine – Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for thirty years, and together they have four sons, two daughters-in-love, three grandchildren, and one lazy St. Bernard. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.
    Michele Morin says:

    My family would love this recipe!

  4. runswithpugs – where the wild things are – I'm a wife, mom, blogger, baker, hobbyist photographer and accidental runner. I also love pugs.
    runswithpugs says:

    Looks delicious!

  5. Now I know what’s missing from my mac and cheese, awesome ham, Italian sausage, pepperoni and tomatoes!!!
    Thanks for sharing at the FWF party.
    Hugs
    RR

Leave a Reply

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Homemade on a Weeknight will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.