I first posted this recipe in 2013 and I thought I would share it again for a cold winter night quick dinner idea. I loved reading the ideas from our readers and think that maybe there might be other memories of the way mom's used to bring comfort food to the table.
I would have never thought to put this recipe on the blog except that my beloved said it should go on since it is one of his favorites and maybe not everybody knows how to make creamy gravy from fried sausage.
My mom often made this quick meal and I don't think I ever truly appreciated how delicious it was when I was small. Now...it has joined the ranks as a true comfort food in our home.
Somehow, dill pickles are a must on the table and I often make coleslaw that has grated carrots and shredded red cabbage to add color to the plate.
- 2 pounds sausage (I use smoked farmer sausage but go ahead and use your favorite)
- 2 cups uncooked macaroni
- sausage drippings and butter to make 1/4 cup
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- Slice sausage into 1/4 inch coins and fry in a large flat bottomed fry pan stirring occasionally to brown both sides. Do not use a non stick pan or the sausage will not brown as it should and you want browned bits to stick to the pan. Remove sausage and keep warm in oven while you make the sauce.
- Cook macaroni according to instructions on the box. Drain.
- Add flour to the drippings in the fry pan, scraping bottom to remove browned bits and stir to combine over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture becomes thick and stir for 1 minute to cook the flour well.
- Add the milk a little bit at a time at first, stirring to create a sauce. Add 2 cups milk and then additional milk to make medium sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Add macaroni to the pan and stir to warm up macaroni.