Expectations suck. They set you up for failure every single time. I think we tend to have more expectations at the holidays, and I've vowed to let go of all of my expectations, and make a big pot of spicy mac n' cheese to comfort me, which is what I did over the weekend. It is a variation of sausage queso dip which is SO good, except instead of serving it with tortilla chips, you mix in cooked pasta shells.
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of minced garlic
8 oz. Hot Breakfast Sausage (Jimmy Deen's is what I used)
16 oz. shells or elbow macaroni cooked for 5 to 6 minutes and drained
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
16 oz. Velveeta Cheese, cubed
1 10 oz. can Rotel (medium)
Directions: Cook onion, garlic and sausage in a skillet until the sausage is fully cooked over medium heat. With a slotted spoon, remove the sausage, garlic and onion mixture and let drain on paper towels. Do not clean the skillet, leave all of the drippings in there. Add butter and let melt, stir in flour and let cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk and let thicken, add Velveeta and let that melt, then add Rotel and sausage, onion and garlic mixture. Stir in shells and heat through and serve, or put pasta into a greased baking dish and top with 1/2 bread crumbs mixed with 1/4 cup melted butter and place on the top and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly. (Personally, I like the creamier mac and cheese heated on the stove as opposed to baking).
Happy No Expectations Monday!