One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese Ninja Cooking System Recipe

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One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese beefs up the flavor of a classic favorite by adding smoked sausage. Preparing this simple recipe in the Ninja Cooking System turns the dish into a filling one-pot meal that is perfect for a quick meal on a busy night.

One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese Ninja Cooking System Recipe From Val's Kitchen

One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese

It’s been a really busy week. Last night after work I had to whip up a meal. I had a package of smoked sausage on hand but didn’t really have the time to stand in front of the stove cooking. I decided to use the Ninja Cooking System, to turn it into a one-pot comfort food meal. Smoked sausage really beefs up the flavor (pun intended) of a classic favorite comfort food. This recipe results in a filling one-pot meal that is perfect for a quick meal on a busy night. Here’s how I make One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese.

This recipe makes approximately 4 servings.

Equipment Needed

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  • Ninja Cooking System
  • silicone cooking spoon
  • measuring cups


Ingredients

  • 12 oz beef smoked sausage (I used Hillshire Farms)
  • 8 oz pasta bowties
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1x 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • olive oil

One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese Ninja Cooking System Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place a small amount of olive oil into the bottom of the Ninja’s pot.

Set the Ninja to cook on stovetop high.

While the Ninja heats for a couple of minutes, slice the smoked susageinto “coins”.

Put the smoked sausage pieces into the pot and saute them for  few minutes until they are starting to brown.

Place the pasta into the pot, followed by the beef broth and seasonings.

Stir thoroughly and try to cover as much of the pasta as possible with the broth.

Add the tomatoes to the pot and give a quick gentle stir.

Cover the pot and bring its contents to a boil.

Cook for approximately 13-15 minutes, depending on if you prefer your pasta al dente or a little softer.

Turn the Ninja off.

Add the cheese to the pot and stir thoroughly until the cheese is melted.

The mixture should look like it has a very tiny amount of liquid left in it, which will thicken.

Serve immediately.

One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese Ninja Cooking System Recipe From Val's Kitchen

One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese For Ninja Cooking System

One-Pot Smoked Sausage Mac & Cheese Ninja Cooking System Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place a small amount of olive oil into the bottom of the Ninja's pot. Set the Ninja to cook on stovetop high. While the Ninja heats for a couple of minutes, slice the smoked susageinto "coins". Put the smoked sausage pieces into the pot and saute them for few minutes until they are starting to brown. Place the pasta into the pot, followed by the beef broth and seasonings. Stir thoroughly and try to cover as much of the pasta as possible with the broth. Add the tomatoes to the pot and give a quick gentle stir. Cover the pot and bring its contents to a boil. Cook for approximately 13-15 minutes, depending on if you prefer your pasta al dente or a little softer. Turn the Ninja off. Add the cheese to the pot and stir thoroughly until the cheese is melted. The mixture should look like it has a very tiny amount of liquid left in it, which will thicken. Serve immediately.

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    19 comments

    candy May 10, 2018 - 8:14 am

    We love our mac and cheese. Adding smoked sausage really makes it into a complete meal. All in one cooking gotta love it.

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    wendy May 10, 2018 - 8:16 am

    A smokey flavor with mac and cheese-yum! I’ll have to make a GF version of this recipe!

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    Amber Myers May 10, 2018 - 8:25 am

    I do love my mac and cheese. I’ll have to try it this way. I enjoy sausage as well! What a scrumptious meal.

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    Jeanette May 10, 2018 - 9:18 am

    ONE POT? I love that this is all in one pot! Anything that makes less of a mess for me the happier I am! On top of all this it looks like it tastes out of this world! I can’t wait to try it!

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    Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com May 10, 2018 - 9:25 am

    I love comfort food! This recipe would be perfect to make for my family for dinner today.

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    Melissa Chapman May 10, 2018 - 10:55 am

    Mac and cheese lovers would love this and the added sausage makes it a more complete meal. I will let everyone know abut this idea try it themselves.

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    Lisa Favre May 10, 2018 - 4:51 pm

    You had me at sausage then I saw the words mac and cheese and so you reeled me in even more. This dish looks totally awesome!

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    Natalie May 10, 2018 - 6:13 pm

    I haven’t had mac n cheese in forever! I need to try recreating a vegan version of this!

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    Sarah Bailey May 10, 2018 - 6:21 pm

    Hands up I LOVE Mac n Cheese, it is most definitely a favourite meal and I love the idea of using smoked sausage with it – I’m going to have to give it a try.

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    Felicita Moncada May 10, 2018 - 8:53 pm

    Love me some comfort food! Plus mac n cheese is delicious no matter how you prepare it. The NInja cooking stuff looks pretty awesome! What a great way to get everything done in one pot!

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    Karen Morse May 11, 2018 - 1:15 am

    I love adding savory things to mac and cheese because it adds a really good depth of flavor to the dish. This one’s a must try! I love making mac and cheese using an instant pot because it’s easier. Having that ninja cooking system is awesome.

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    Stephanie Pass May 11, 2018 - 3:45 am

    This sounds like some comfort food my husband and son would just devour. They love anything with sausage in it.

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    Farrah Less May 11, 2018 - 7:47 am

    I love every time I visit your site so much recipe I could copy with. Esp. anything that is easy to make or used pot cooker. I work full time making meals for family is big task. But with your brilliant and tasty recipe you make it easy.

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    pat. May 11, 2018 - 10:07 am

    A protein builder as well as flavor changer.

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    chubskulit rose May 11, 2018 - 11:02 am

    That is something my son would enjoy. Sausage is really good to pair with pasta dish!

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    Peter May 11, 2018 - 2:36 pm

    Ok, cook me up a bowl please! This looks delicious. This dish would have to be doubled. Need to check out this pot too

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    Nikka Shae May 12, 2018 - 12:06 pm

    Mac n Cheese is my absolutely favorite side of all times! My hubby loves sausage so this is a perfect recipe!

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    Jennifer Mitchell May 12, 2018 - 8:54 pm

    I love one pot meals and this one looks so delicious. I have never thought of adding in sausage to my mac and cheese, but it looks so good.

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    Heather Stone May 15, 2018 - 12:23 am

    Mac & Cheese is one of those meals that you can either leave as is and love it or change it up and it makes it feel like it is a completely new meal, something never served before….that is why I love keeping noodles on hand so I can make recipes like this!

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