Mexican style Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a very classic American dish. According to Wiki knowledge, macaroni and cheese was invented by Thomas Jefferson, who, in the variant told by Alton Brown of Good Eats, upon failing to receive an Italian pasta-making machine, designed his own machine, made the macaroni, and had the cook put liberal quantities of York cheddar and bake it as a casserole.

I had my first macaroni and cheese five years ago (during the initial days of getting to know US food), when one of my friend’s aunt sent boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese to make at home. I liked the concept of making a meal from a box and also the convenience of getting 2 boxes for 99 cents.

For a while I was under the impression that macaroni and cheese can be made only out of the box (silly me). That’s when I watched Rachel Ray making mac & cheese from scratch and I realized that I have been eating chemicals all these days. Since then, I have been making mac & cheese at home and this is one of the variations I learnt from Queen of 30 minutes, Rachel Ray.

Macaroni and cheese is a very classic American dish. According to Wiki knowledge, macaroni and cheese was invented by Thomas Jefferson, who, in the variant told by Alton Brown of Good Eats, upon failing to receive an Italian pasta-making machine, designed his own machine, made the macaroni, and had ...

Mexican style Macaroni & Cheese

Summary

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  • Coursenoodles & pasta
  • CuisineFusion
  • Yield4~6 Serving s 4~6 Serving
  • Cooking Time45 minutesPT0H45M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time55 minutesPT0H55M

Ingredients

Elbow macaroni
8oz
Monterey Jack cheese – grated
1 cup
Onion – medium chopped
1
Green pepper – medium chopped
1
Red pepper – small chopped
1
Crushed tomatoes – cans
½ 16oz
Chipotle in adobo sauce – chopped
2
All purpose flour
3tbsps
Vegetable broth
1 cup
Low fat milk
1% 1 cups
Chili powder
1tsp
Butter
1tbsp
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
to taste

Steps

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the two sauces:
  3. In a large sauté pan, heat 1tbsp olive oil and add onion, green pepper, red pepper and sauté till cooked. Add the chopped chipotle peppers with a little bit of sauce and tomatoes and cover cook for about 5-7 minutes on medium. Season with chili powder, salt and pepper, mix well. Turn off the heat and keep aside.
  4. In a separate medium size sauce pan, add butter and 2tbsp olive oil, when hot add the flour and sauté till the flour doesn’t smell raw anymore. Add broth and milk whisk well and bring it to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Add grated cheese and let it melt. Remove from heat.
  5. Finally combine cooked pasta, veggies and cheese sauce, mix well and serve hot.
Mexican style Macaroni & Cheese
Note: The sauce is not as creamy and thick as it would be when you use whole milk or heavy cream or half and half.

You can add more veggies like broccoli, peas, zucchini etc.

Omit chipotle pepper and make it Indian style by adding a teaspoon of curry powder or garam masala.
Give it a smoky flavor by adding cumin powder and smoked cheddar cheese.

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