Dirty Macaroni

Dirty Macaroni” typically refers to a style of macaroni and cheese that includes flavorful, often spicy, additions such as Cajun or Creole seasonings, and may also incorporate ingredients like sausage, ground meat, or vegetables. It’s a variation that adds a bit of a kick and extra layers of flavor to the classic macaroni and cheese dish.

Here’s a simple recipe for Dirty Macaroni and Cheese:


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage or smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish, optional)


  1. Cook Macaroni:
    • Cook the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Sauté Sausage and Vegetables:
    • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced sausage and cook until browned. Add chopped onion, diced bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté until vegetables are softened.
  3. Add Cajun Seasoning:
    • Stir in Cajun seasoning, coating the sausage and vegetables evenly.
  4. Make Cheese Sauce:
    • In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk continuously to create a roux. Gradually pour in the milk, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.
  5. Add Cheese:
    • Reduce heat to low and add shredded cheddar cheese to the milk mixture. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  6. Combine Sauce and Macaroni:
    • Combine the cheese sauce with the cooked macaroni, then fold in the sautéed sausage and vegetable mixture. Mix until everything is well coated.
  7. Adjust Seasoning:
    • Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper if needed.
  8. Serve:
    • Serve the Dirty Macaroni hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

This Dirty Macaroni and Cheese recipe adds a spicy and savory twist to the classic dish, making it a flavorful and satisfying comfort food. Adjust the spice level to your liking and enjoy the deliciousness of this unique macaroni and cheese variation!

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