Octoberfest Spatzle - 3 Cheese Macaroni, Sausage and Sauerkraut

Best Mac & Cheese Ever? 
For some odd reason sausage and kraut with macaroni and cheese just goes together.  It shouldn't in my mind, but it does. While the modern, elbow macaroni version is a traditional southern dish which entices its eater to mix it all up and eat it, the dish began in Germany as something called Spatzle. Spatzle derived from Baden-Wuttemberg, Germany and literally translated means sparrow. Traditionally it's a combination of grilled onions, spatzle noodles, and cheese. (käsespätzle) Personally, I'm a big fan of gruyere.

Then there is the sauerkraut, which is a typical German relish brought to America by immigrants and served as a garnish on sausage or whatever leftovers may have been laying around the kitchen. Somewhere along the line, someone had the brilliant idea to take the previous nights' macaroni and toss it in a casserole with some sausage and kraut. 






Ingredients:
  • 1 can of sauerkraut
  • 1 package of smoked kielbasa.
  • butter.
  • bread crumbs
  • 1 8 oz package of Gruyere cheese
  • 1 package Velveeta cheese
  • 1 16 oz box of elbow macaroni (or spatzle noodle if you can find them.)
  • 1 24 oz container of cottage cheese



Method:
  1. Chunk sausage and cook, adding drained sauerkraut ¾ way through.
  2. Cook and drain noodles.
  3. Chop Velveeta into small blocks.
  1. Shred Gruyere cheese.
  2. With heat off mix noodles and all cheeses.
  3. Grill onions in butter, then add with macaroni and cheese into large baking pan and sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  4. Bake in preheated oven at 350° F for about 20 minutes.



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