This is a rib-sticking, deeply satisfying casserole that will make everyone within an eight-mile radius drool uncontrollably – but it’s not exactly a health food. Whatever. Go make it right now.
The recipe was submitted to our Breakfast Favorites Contest by reader Jade G. of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She created it for her breakfast-hating son (“He wouldn't even eat cereal!”) nearly 20 years ago. “And now, every time I begin to make macaroni and cheese,” she says, “I stop to remember that sweet little face and the love I felt when he ate his first fork of his special breakfast.” We know you’ll enjoy it just as much.
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1/2 pound elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon cold butter
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
1/4 cup chopped sweet red peppers
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
12-16 ounces breakfast sausage
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup panko or homemade bread crumbs
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and pasta. Let pasta boil for 6 minutes. (It will continue to cook in the oven.) Drain and place in bowl with 1 tablespoon of cold butter. Toss the pasta and butter until melted.
3. In a large skillet or pan, fry chopped bacon over medium-high heat until slightly crisp. Drain on paper towel. Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
4. In the same pan, sauté chopped peppers, onions and mushrooms in remaining bacon grease until onions are softened. Remove sautéed vegetables with a slotted spoon.
5. In the same pan, brown sausage, making sure to crumble pieces. Drain on paper towel.
6. Combine cooked sausage and sauteed vegetables. Place half of the mixture on the bottom of prepared casserole pan. On top of that, add half of the cooked macaroni. Then, top that with half of the cheese. Repeat with sausage layer, then macaroni layer and then cheese layer.
7. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until all combined. Pour egg mixture over the casserole.
8. In a small bowl or coffee cup, combine crumbled bacon, melted butter, and bread crumbs until thoroughly mixed. Add bacon/bread crumb topping as your last layer.
9. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
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