Spicy Mac and Cheese with Sausage


No need to choose between a pasta and a casserole recipe with this baked mac and cheese.

Mexican Mac Cheese
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins

Heat up your Christmas dinner menu with this baked mac and cheese. No need to choose between a spiced-up pasta and a luscious casserole recipe—you can enjoy them both with this Spicy Mac and Cheese!


  • 12 ounce dried mostaccioli or rigatoni pasta (3 cups)

  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 16 ounce jar green medium-hot salsa

  • 2 8 ounce package shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 cups)

  • Tomato wedges, sliced jalapeño peppers, and chopped fresh cilantro

  • Salsa (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 3-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet cook sausage and onion until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain fat, Return sausage and onion to skillet. Stir in green salsa.

  3. In prepared baking dish layer half of the cooked pasta, half the sausage mixture, and half the cheese. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with tomato, jalapeño, and cilantro. If desired, serve with additional salsa. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
22g Fat
25g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 474mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 302.9mg 23%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 168mg 4%
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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