Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This baked macaroni and cheese recipe delivers a smoky,creamy kick as it is made with chipotles.

Chipotles are smoked jalapeño peppers that are canned in a tomato sauce called adobo. They add a beautiful spicy and smoky flavor to foods. They are packed with their seeds so they can be quite hot. The amount of chipotles that you choose to use will depend on how much heat you like to eat.

This is comfort food at its best. If you are not into spicy food simply omit the chipotle but if you do like your food with some heat you will love this recipe.

This is what you are going to need for this spicy and comforting baked macaroni and cheese recipe:

Serves eight

¼ cup butter
1 small white onion – chopped
4 garlic cloves – minced
¼ cup flour
2 chipotle peppers with their adobo – chopped
4 cups milk
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese or something comparable (I used Edam)
12 oz. cooked elbow pasta
1 cup bread crumbs
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
1 TBS chopped parsley

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, Parmesan and parsley.

In a large skillet, preferably oven proof, melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the flour and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes – whisking constantly. Add the chipotle and mix well. Slowly add the milk – constantly whisking (vigorously) to avoid flour lumps. Your sauce will have the onions and chipotles visible but should not have any flour lumps. Add the cumin and whisk constantly until sauce starts to thicken.

Add the cheeses and mix until fully incorporated and melted. Taste for salt and adjust as necessary. Season with black pepper and mix well. If you are working with an oven proof skillet, go ahead and top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. If you are not, transfer the macaroni and cheese to a casserole dish and top it with the bread crumbs. Place skillet or dish in the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove mac and cheese from oven and serve. Enjoy!

CALORIES 617.68; FAT 28.61 grs (sat 16.67; mono 7.75; poly 1.86); PROTEIN 29.21 grs ; FIBER 5.43 grs; CARBS 61.64 grs; CHOLESTEROL 82.35 mg; IRON 3.99 mg; SODIUM 701.80 mg; CALCIUM 636.49 mg

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