One Skillet Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Bell Peppers

This was a very quick and easy recipe!  It was very cheesy and filling too!  The taste of the Italian sausage and peppers put a twist on plain mac and cheese!  It was very tasty and I think you could add more to it to beef it up….maybe some onions, mushrooms and or fresh herbs.

Serves 6


  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 1 bell red pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups dried elbow macaroni (half a package, 8 oz.) (GF)
  • 18 oz marinara sauce
  • 18 oz water
  • 1/3 cup half and half (Fat Free)
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese (or increase to 1/2 cup)


  1. In a large skillet cook sausage on medium heat, until meat is brown. Drain off fat.
  2. Add diced bell peppers, dried elbow macaroni, marinara sauce, and water. Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes until macaroni is tender, occasionally stirring.
  3. Add half and half, sprinkle with cheese, and mix everything well. Remove from heat, cover and let it sit for about 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

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