Frugal Foodie Mama: Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac

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Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac- this creamy, smoky and sweet, and healthier weeknight pasta dinner can be on your table in under 40 minutes! #HillshireSausage
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Do you all ever get stuck in the weeknight dinner rut? You have some good ole stand-by dinner recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights, but you come home and even the usual favorites don't sound good. And then you start to reach for that phone or those car keys to order in or run out to pick up a pizza. Sound familiar? ;) 

If so, then you will love the recipe that I am sharing with you all today!  All you need is around 40 minutes to get this flavorful and creamy Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac on your dinner table. And the best part? Since it is made with your favorite Hillshire Farms smoked sausage, there is no need to worry about making sure you have chicken defrosting for dinner before you leave the house in the morning.
This Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac is creamy, hearty, smoky & sweet, and sure to please every member of your family...

Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac- this creamy, smoky and sweet, and healthier weeknight pasta dinner can be on your table in under 40 minutes! #HillshireSausage
Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients (6 servings)
  • 3 cups of elbow macaroni, cooked to al dente
  • 1 cup of sweet peppers, chopped (I used a mix of red & yellow)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 13oz pkg of Hillshire Farm Turkey Smoked Sausage, sliced (or use your favorite Hillshire Farm smoked sausage)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8oz of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped + 1-2 tsp of adobo sauce (depending on your heat preference)
  • 1 cup fat free half & half
Instructions
Prepare the elbow macaroni according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, chop and slice the peppers, onion, and smoked sausage.

Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the peppers, onions, and sausage. Saute for 5-6 minutes, stirring often.
While the peppers, onions, and sausage slices are cooking, place the cream cheese, chopped chipotle pepper, and adobo sauce in a blender or food processor. Add in the half & half. Blend until well mixed.

Pour the mixture into the skillet and stir well. Let simmer 5-6 minutes more.
Once the macaroni is cooked, drain, and then add the pasta to the skillet. Stir well and heat through an additional 2-3 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!
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Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac- this creamy, smoky and sweet, and healthier weeknight pasta dinner can be on your table in under 40 minutes! #HillshireSausage

I am always looking for ways to make my family dinner recipes a little more healthier, so that is why I used the Hillshire Farms Turkey Smoked Sausage in this skillet mac.  It was an easy choice since the crafting & pre-seasoning of Hillshire Farm smoked sausages has been a work in tasty perfection for over 75 years now.
Combined with low fat cream cheese and fat free half & half, this dish is so creamy, so flavorful, and better for you as well. :)
Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac- this creamy, smoky and sweet, and healthier weeknight pasta dinner can be on your table in under 40 minutes! #HillshireSausage

You can get this Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac on the dinner table even quicker by either enlisting the older kids to help with the chopping and slicing or by doing all the prep the night before. 
Chipotle Sausage Skillet Mac- this creamy, smoky and sweet, and healthier weeknight pasta dinner can be on your table in under 40 minutes! #HillshireSausage
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Have you ever experienced the weeknight dinner rut? 
Pick up some Hillshire Farms smoked sausages to have on hand when you need to switch up that usual weeknight dinner routine. :)

Need more tasty weeknight dinner recipe solutions? Visit the Sausage So Simple page now!