Super Cheesey Cavatappi "Squiggly Mac & Cheese"

Gina Davis

By
@GMarie65

Squiggle Cheese is what my 5 year old calls this lol This is the cheesiest mac I have made to date. Everything just blends so well and the cheese just POPS. I did make a change, I am not a fan of processed cheese foods so i changed that one ingredient to american cheese. But I have listed the directions both ways. The AM cheese just lends to the stronger cheese flavor. And in this pic I forgot to add the bacon...no prob hubby ate it all on his bowl LOL
THIS RECIPE MAKES 10 + SERVINGS I HALF IT FOR DINNER TO FEED JUST MY CREW :)


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Serves:

10 - 12 (I make half dish when just for dinner)

Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

BODY OF DISH

6 c
cavatappi or spiral pasta uncooked
4 clove
garlic
4 Tbsp
butter
4 Tbsp
a.p. flour
1 Tbsp
hot sauce (i use franks red hot)
1 Tbsp
green jalapeno sauce (i use texas pete)
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper (optional)
4 c
whole milk (or what you use)
6 c
sharp cheddar cheese shreds
1 c
(8 0z) american cheese or velveeta (i always use 8 slices of american but you decide which you like :)
4
green onions

TOPPING

1/2 c
panko bread crumbs (i found chipotle panko and it is awesome on this for extra heat!)
4 slice
bacon cooked and coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp
butter melted
2
green onions chopped

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Pre Heat Oven to 350 degree
2
Cook cavatappi according to package directions
3
While pasta is cooking, saute garlic in 4 tbs. butter for a few mins and then stir in flour, cayenne (if using) and pepper sauces until blended gradually add milk. Bring to a boil and cook and stir for 3 minutes or until thickened
4
Slowly stir in cheddar cheese until blended and then stir in american or velveeta (whichever you go with) until blended add green onions and stir again
5
Drain cavatappi and return to the large pan you cooked it in.
6
Pour the cheese mixture over the hot cavatappi and toss it all together
7
Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish
8
Mix panko (or reg bread crumbs) and butter together add bacon and toss it all together and sprinkle over top of cheesy cavatappi
9
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly
10
Remove from oven and top with green onions.
11
I have to say this is the oeey goeeyest yummiest mac and cheese i make or have ever had!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids