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Stove top Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Peas

Written by COA Nutrition Team On March 20, 2020

This recipe for Stove top Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Peas is an easy, kid-friendly dinner idea for a busy night and the leftovers work well for lunch!


  • 6 oz pasta, uncooked
  • 1 ½ Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cup peas, frozen or canned
  • 3 chicken sausages (precooked)
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 6 oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¾ cup skim milk
  • ½ – 1 cup pumpkin


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. In the same (now empty) pan, melt butter.
  3. Add onion, garlic, peas and sausage and sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Add flour, milk and seasonings and let simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in cheese and ½ cup pumpkin.
  6. Stir in noodles, add more pumpkin if desired and adjust salt.

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Build time-saving habits

There are plenty of little habits you can build while cooking that will make you more efficient. For example, rinse prep dishes as you go to make washing them easier or move them into the dishwasher as you’re working. You can also create a scrap bag or bowl where you discard skins, odd bits, or anything else you might throw away while cooking – this way you don’t have to lose your flow walking over to the trash can. A huge time-saver: prep bowls. Measure out your ingredients beforehand and set them out in prep bowls. That way, once it’s time to use them, you can just grab the bowl and pour.

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