Baked Macaroni and Gouda Cheese With Italian Sausage

Recipe by Mommy Diva


  • 1 12
    lbs sweet Italian sausage, uncooked with casings removed
  • 1 12
    cups onions, caramelized
  • 1
    quart whole milk
  • 6
    tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6
    tablespoons flour
  • 34
    lb gouda cheese, aged preferred (about 4 cups grated)
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350º.
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 11 minutes (or as directed on package).
  • Meanwhile, heat a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Transfer the sausage to a large bowl and wipe the saucepan clean.
  • Add the pasta and 1 cup caramelized onions to the sausage and stir to combine.
  • In a medium saucepan or a microwave oven, heat the milk until steaming.
  • Return the large saucepan to the stove, add the butter and melt over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes.
  • Whisk in the hot milk, 1/4 cup at a time, and continue whisking until the sauce is smooth and thick and comes to a simmer.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups cheese, remove from the heat and whisk until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add the cheese sauce to the pasta mixture and stir to combine.
  • Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and add the pasta mixture in an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup caramelized onions and 1 1/2 cups cheese on top.
  • Bake until golden and bubbling, about 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.