Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Veggie Bake

recipe from Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion (or 1 large leek, light green and white parts only) finely chopped

8oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 pound Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage, diced

1 - 16oz package frozen cauliflower, thawed

1- 16oz package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed

 

 

Cheese Sauce

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 ½ cups milk

1 ½  cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded.

Salt and pepper to taste

Paprika for sprinkling on top

 

 

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. Set aside.

 

In a large skillet heat oil and add the chopped onion or leeks and sliced mushrooms. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the onions and mushrooms becomes softened. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add in the diced smoked sausage. Toss to combine. Transfer to a large bowl so it can cool for a bit while you make the cheese sauce.

 

To make the sauce

In a medium saucepan melt the butter.  Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour. Once the flour hits the melted butter it is going to clump so it is important to keep whisking so that you make a nice smooth paste or roux. Cook the paste for about a minute to eliminate the raw flour taste but don't let it start to brown. Add the milk in a little at a time and stir until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper and stir until well blended. Pour over the smoked sausage and veggie mixture, folding in gently making sure the sauce covers all the mixture. Add in the cheddar cheese and place into baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the mozzarella cheese and top with paprika if you’d like. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

 

 


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