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Sausage-Apple Mac and Cheese from Trace Barnett's Tracing Roots Cookbook

Posted: 12:14 PM, Jan 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-18 13:14:36-05

Food NEtwork Star and cookbook author Trace Barnett made Sausage-Apple Mac & Cheese. (see recipe below) Trace's new cookbook "Tracing Roots: A Modern Approach to Living Off the Land" is available wherever you buy books. Check out Trace’s lifestyle blog at .

Sausage-Apple Mac and Cheese
Serves 6–8


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound mild sausage

1 onion, chopped

1 apple, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped sage

2 tablespoons chopped thyme

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 pounds elbow pasta

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

3 cups shredded aged white cheddar cheese

1 cup Gruyere cheese

8 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup reserved pasta water

Coarse salt and

freshly ground pepper

Breadcrumbs, for topping

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onion,

and apple. Cook until sausage is browned and onions are translucent, about

5–7 minutes. Add herbs and garlic. Cook just until garlic is fragrant, stirring

constantly, about 30 seconds.

3. Prepare pasta according to package instructions; reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

Drain pasta and return to pot; reduce heat to low. Add cream, cheeses, and

butter. Stir well to combine and ensure that all cheese has melted. Transfer

sausage mixture to pasta; stir. In a small bowl, dissolve flour into the reserved

pasta water, careful to break apart any lumps. Gradually add pasta water to

pasta mixture. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Simmer the mac and

cheese until thickened and creamy, about 8–12 minutes. Remove from heat.

4. Grease a 9”-by-13” casserole dish and transfer the contents of the pot to the

dish. Top with breadcrumbs and additional cheese, if desired. Cook uncovered

for 25–30 minutes, or until bubbling and golden brown on top.