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Cajun Sausage Mac n Cheese featuring Klement's Garlic Summer Sausage


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Klement’s Sausage Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

School is officially back in session for everyone! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday we were having our summer vacation and planning road trips. Now I'm planning meals and helping out with homework. As most of you know, I lost my mother just over a year ago and one of the things that I remember most about her, was her love of cooking. She would have breakfast, lunch and dinner on the table and I would wonder where she ever found the time to do it all. I can barely get breakfast done and by the time that I finish breakfast, I'm almost done for the day. I don't have all the time in the world, and if you're a parent, mom or dad, you might feel the same way I do, especially when you're busy running around all day, or even if you work outside the home. When you get home, you don't want to spend all day slaving on a stove, sometimes you want something quick and easy and of course nutritious AND delicious.


One such meal I love making is my mom's favorite mac n cheese. I remember sitting around the table with my family eating and sharing in the joys of family. We would laugh and talk and even to this day I remember all the fun we had. In the Caribbean food brings family together. I am still not the cook that she was and I remember calling her to get her recipes, so I can incorporate them into our own meals. Recipes that I plan on handing down to my own kids. I decided that I would make her mac n cheese and give it a new twist.


As I mentioned, school is back in session and I would prefer not to be at a stove for hours on end trying to make a meal that is delicious and nutritious for my family. Having some sausage on hand from the Klement's Sausage Company I decided to make my mom's mac n cheese which doesn't take very long to prepare, and add some of the Klement's Garlic Summer Sausage that I had on hand. Klement’s Summer Sausage has an authentic European handcrafted taste that is delicious year round so don't feel like you have to only eat it in the summer. I can however tell you that the kids just loved it. If you've never heard of Klement's before, let me tell you a bit about them and if you can find them, I recommend giving them a try. At least you're going to need to if you intend on making my recipe.


The Klement’s Sausage story began 60 years ago when three brothers- John, George and Ron Klement purchased a small sausage company in South Milwaukee. Word about the genuine, old country flavor spread quickly and before long, Klement’s was a favorite. They’ve grown a lot since that small 6-person operation, but haven’t lost sight of what made their family business a success. Hard work, dedication, and perfectly seasoned sausage. Klement’s Cooked and Smoked Sausage are created from old world European recipes that have been passed down for generations using only the finest ingredients and comes in a variety of flavors.

Now on to my Cajun Sausage Mac n Cheese.


Ingredients:
1  package of garlic summer sausage, cut into ½-inch slices
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup of chopped red onion
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
1 qt whole milk
16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
3 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
1 16oz package elbow pasta, cooked and kept warm


Instructions:

In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

Add red and green bell pepper to your sausage.

Sprinkle your peppers and sausage with flour and Cajun seasoning cook for 2 minutes until tender.

Slowly begin to add your milk, and cook, stirring until thickened.

Reduce heat to low, add cheeses stirring constantly, until cheese is melted.

Add cooked pasta, combine with your cheese sauce.

Serve immediately and enjoy.


I can tell you that after a long day at school my kids thoroughly enjoy this meal and they'd be the first to tell you that it tasted great before, but now it tastes even better, actually better than better with Klement's sausage.



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  1. You had me at Cajun Sausage...I am obsessed with anything cajun and especially cajun mac and cheese! This recipe sounds amazing!! Great job!!

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    1. Thank you Ricci, and it tastes as good as it looks.

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  2. My grandma used to have every meal homemade and at the table too. It was nice. :) This mac n cheese recipe sounds good! Amd I love that family photo!!

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    1. Thank you Rosey. I wish I could be like my mom but I barely have enough hours in the day.

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  3. This looks so good. Isn't it great when you make something and see how much your kids enjoy it? Kids are always quick to let you know if they don't like your food. LOL.

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    1. Oh trust me, I know. My daughter LOVES to tell me when things don't taste good.

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  4. You've taken mac and cheese to a whole new level. Yum! I lost my mom this past year, also, and cooking her recipes helps me feel close to her.

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    1. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, and it's a way to feel closer to her.

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  5. What a creative mix-up with the traditional mac and cheese! Gives a little kick to the dish and something that I bet a lot of the family would enjoy eating!

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    1. Oh I'm sure they would, you should try it.

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  6. That looks and sounds SO GOOD! I love a spicy mac and cheese. I always have. It tastes so good with the heat combined with the smooth cheesy goodness.

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  7. We are HUGE Klement's fans! Being born and raised in the Milwaukee area I have grown up eating their products. We even have Klement's racing sausages at Brewers games. I bet you can find a video of it online. Hysterical!

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    1. Oh I love Klements too. I actually picked up a HUGE sausage today at Costco when I went grocery shopping.

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  8. I love mac and cheese. Adding sausage would make me love this even more. It looks so tasty.

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  9. This looks like a delicious meal for sure. I Love sausage , never tried this kind. Now I must give this recipe idea a try!

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    1. Oh you most certainly should, with the sausage, it's amazing.

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  10. On my you are talking my son's language here. He is all about his mac and cheese. I am going to have to make this for him. thank you for sharing this recipe it will make me a cool mom for sure.

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    1. I'm sure he'll love you even more if you made this. Don't forget your Klement's Sausage.

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  11. Oh that looks really good! I am so sorry about your mom. It is nice having recipes that can remind you of her. I am usually a cereal girl, but this would be great for a weekend or even dinner!

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    1. I've learned to deal with the pain and yes it's good to have recipes that reminds me of her.

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  12. I love sausage in all its forms. This recipe looks absolutely delicious and will find its way to my table shortly!

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  13. This looks hearty and comforting. I love warm dishes for Fall dinners as the temp drops. The sausage would add so much flavor.

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    1. Oh it most certainly does. You'll love it.

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  14. That looks amazing. I love trying new Cajun style dishes and mac n' cheese is always a hit at my house.

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    1. Oh it's a hit at my house too. Gotta love it!

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  15. Sausage ins not my first love but mac and cheese totally is! My family would love this though.

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    1. Oh trust me, the Mac N Cheese makes it taste even more delish!

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  16. This looks so yummy and I can't wait to try this recipe. I love sausage and mac and cheese.

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    1. Oh you should definitely try it. The family would love it.

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  17. I'm always looking for simple and delicious busy weeknight options. This twist on a beloved mac and cheese recipe looks so comforting!

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    1. Oh it's amazing and the Klement's Sausage makes it even more so.

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  18. What a great idea, I love this mix up of the traditional mac and cheese (which is a favorite in our house!)always good to try something different!

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    1. Trying something different is always fun. Have you ever had Klement's Sausage before?

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  19. Oh this is such a cool way to use that sausage! Mac n cheese was always a comfort meal when I was growing up too.

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  20. This looks yummy! Mac and cheese is a favorite around here, and we love almost every variation of it. My mom used to make the best macaroni, too.

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    1. Oh my mom's mac n cheese was amazing. Mine isn't as good though but the Klement's Sausage does make it better.

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  21. That's a great fall meal! I am saddened to hear about your mom, I have a slew of recipes that my mom made that I love, too.

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    1. I love using my mom's recipes. It's like having a piece of her with me.

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  22. So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother but I think that it is so wonderful that you can keep her memory alive through cooking. Hope you are ok xx

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    1. That's one of the thing that I love, my mom's home cooking.

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  23. I love a spin on the best dish, mac and cheese! I tried hot dogs once but it didn't turn out well so I think that this will be great with sausage. What a sweet way to honor your mom and her recipes.

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    1. Oh Klement's Sausage would definitely taste better than the hot dogs you used.

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  24. So happy to see you are featuring a Cajun recipe! It's my favorite spice to add so I am eager to try your sausage Mac n Cheese. Never heard of that sausage - I'll have to give it a look.

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  25. I was JUST telling my husband how I was craving a good mac n cheese lately. Thanks for this recipe!

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    1. Oh it's super fast so you won't spend much time making it. You're going to love it with Klement's Sausage.

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  26. Yum! I love all things mac and cheese and I have been looking for a good recipe with sausage, saving this now!

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    1. Oh please do and Klement's Sausage is amazing!

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  27. We love Mac n cheese and adding bacon to it. This is a recipe great for movie night with the family. Looks delicious

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    1. Well everything does taste better with bacon and it does with Klement's Sausage too.

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  28. Oh wow. This is a yummy twist to a basic family favorite! I have to try this recipe. I am sure this will find its special place in our list of Family Favorite Meals. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. My mom used to put sausage in our mac and cheese too, but never yummy Cajun spices. I think it's lovely that you have so many of your mom's recipes to pass down to your own children, as well as the stories you can share with them about your mom each time you serve those dishes.

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    1. Oh how great! Now you can make my mom's but no one does it as good as she does.

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  30. Oh my goodness this looks delicious! My family would defiantly love this meal so I will make it for dinner tomorrow.

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  31. This would be a huge hit in my house. I can't wait to try and make it!

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    1. Let me know how you like it when you do make it.

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  32. Mac & Cheese is my favorite comfort food, I bet it is even better with Cajan sausage....

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    1. Oh yes it most definitely is and don't forget the Klement's Sausage. It's even better with that.

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  33. I'm obsessed with summer sausage! Cassidy can tell you how much. And with cheddar! And mac and cheese! Sheesh, this is the way to my heart.

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    1. Oh I'm happy to hear that I was able to find a way to your heart. Food always does it though, doesn't it?

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  34. I love mac n cheese. It's such a great comfort food. And I love some spicy cajun sausage. But, put them together...and YUM! Great recipe. Thanks!

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    1. Well Klement's Garlic Summer Sausage isn't spicy and even with the cajun seasoning, it really isn't that hot either. Give it a try!

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  35. This looks like comfort food at its finest. And I love that it doesn't take so long as most homemade mac and cheese recipes! I love that food brings families together-- I hope that my kids can look back and say the same thing once they've grown!

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    1. Oh I'm sure they would, make sure to make those meals special.

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  36. I LOVE summer sausage. Anything with summer sausage and cheese you can count me in for!! Looks SO delicious.

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    1. So happy to hear that you do. Give Klement's Summer Sausages a try!

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  37. My kids love the cheddar summer sausage! This is definitely a must try!

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  38. My family will fall in love with this recipe! We love our mac and cheese and we are always finding new ways to tweak this basic family favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome Annemarie. You family will love it.

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  39. Yum this looks and sounds delicious! Cajun Sausage sounds really good, and it looks like a meal my whole family would eat and not put up a fuss about! - Jeanine

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    1. It's actually Garlic Summer Sausage with cajun seasoning. Two completely different things. :)

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  40. Sausage can add such great flavor to any dish. This one looks really good. Gonna have to try it.

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  41. We love mac and cheese anyway but with this sausage it would be even better. I'm taking my mac and cheese game up a notch next time!

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    1. Oh it most certainly is better and you better take it up a notch.

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  42. Oh my! I can see my sons throwing down on this! It's all their favs. I might have too make this this weekend for them (and the rest of us here as well ha) thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. So did you happen to make it this past weekend? Did they love it?

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  43. Love finding ways to switch up old favorites like mac-n-cheese! And ways that make my childhood favorites more "adult" lol

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    1. That's a good way to put it. This is definitely a more adult meal.

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  44. Yum! My husbands father is from Louisiana, so we love spicy cajun food! I'll have to try this mac. Thanks!

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    1. Oh it really isn't that spicy but you'll love it.

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  45. I would LOVE to try this. I like just about anything with a cajun twist to it. This sounds delicious!

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    1. Oh it is delicious! Don't forget to add the Klement's Sausage.

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  46. Your twist on the traditional mac and cheese sounds amazing! My husband is a spicy food lover, so I may have to add some of that delicious sausage to his mac and cheese next time!

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    1. Oh he's going to love it. Let me know how it turned out.

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  47. I'm always struggling to get my toddlers to eat different foods so I'll have to give this one a try.

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    1. I hope they love this one. We all know how picky toddlers can be.

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  48. This looks amazing! My kids would love this meal!

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  49. I need to make this for my dad. He loves cajun sausage. Great recipe idea!

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    1. This isn't cajun sausage but garlic summer sausage, but with cajun seasoning. I think he'll enjoy it.

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  50. It is definitely starting to get to Mac & Cheese season. I was thinking of making some the other day too!
    Whirlwind of Surprises

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    1. Oh it is time for comfort food. Give this one a shot and let me know how it turns out.

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  51. That looks really good. We all love macaroni and cheese and would love adding that sausage to ours too.

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    1. Klement's Sausage sure does make it taste a whole lot better.

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  52. I love sausage and I love mac and cheese. I especially love cajun flavors. This recipe sounds really good to me. I would never have considered combining sausage and mac and cheese. Great recipe!

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    1. Thank you Dawn and now that you've considered it, I think you should make it.

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  53. Cajun sausage?? The perfect combo! My kids love mac and cheese, sure they will love this recipe!

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    1. It's actually not cajun sausage but cajun seasoning. :)

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  54. My husband and daughter could live on mac and cheese. They're happy with just right out of the box. Nothing added. I bet they would love this.

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    1. With added Klement's Sausage and the cajun seasoning, you're going to enjoy it.

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  55. Wow, I haven't tried anything like that. I like the flavor of cajun and I think this is awesome!

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  56. I don't eat meat since I'm a vegetarian, but I know that my family would enjoy this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. You're very welcome Hil'Lesha and thanks for stopping by.

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  57. Wow this sounds so deliciously easy. My kids would even love this.

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    1. Kids usually love mac n cheese and with the added Klement's Sausage, it tastes even better.

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  58. This mac n cheese recipe sounds good! Never tried this kind but I must give this recipe a try!

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    1. Oh please do. You're going to love it, believe me!

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  59. Omg can we say yum!!!! I just love cooking with sausage! I must give your recipe a try.

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    1. Klement's Sausage makes everything taste so much better.

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  60. Those are all ingredients that we love. I need to give this a try!

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    1. Oh I'm so happy to hear that you love Klement's Sausage. Isn't it amazing? In everything!

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  61. This sounds so good! A little more of a challenge to make it vegan but I think I can do it!

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    1. Unfortunately Klement's doesn't make a vegan sausage so not sure how to make it vegan for you.

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  62. Quite exquisite and delicious! Thank you very much for sharing (and improving) this wonderful recipe. Hope to find Klement's from where I am now!

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    1. Oh I hope you're able to find it yourself too. You're going to love it!

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  63. I love how you jazzed up mac and cheese! I love the addition of sausage and peppers. It looks so good!

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