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 :)

Rating:
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Comments:
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

Step-By-Step

1Pre Heat Oven to 350 degree
2Cook cavatappi according to package directions
3While 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
4Slowly 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
5Drain cavatappi and return to the large pan you cooked it in.
6Pour the cheese mixture over the hot cavatappi and toss it all together
7Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish
8Mix panko (or reg bread crumbs) and butter together add bacon and toss it all together and sprinkle over top of cheesy cavatappi
9Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly
10Remove from oven and top with green onions.
11I 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