macaroni and cheese with a twist

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Grace Pulley
from Gillette, WY

My youngest son and I have been enjoying preparing foods this week we don't often get to eat when the hubby/dad (he's a little picky)is home. Hubby/dad is away for training enjoying room service and lunches with the company big-wigs. He is truly missed and we cannot wait until he is home with us again. This mac and cheese has a nice flavor from the blend of sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheese and not much heat even with the tabasco. Personally I would have turned it up a couple more notches but didn't want to set my son on fire. :) Adjust the heat to your taste and enjoy.

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Let's be honest... I've never met a mac & cheese I haven't liked! And I loved this creamy recipe. I especially like the mix of pepper jack and cheddar cheese. They give the recipe a bit of zing. Delish!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 4-6 (depending on appetites)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For macaroni and cheese with a twist

  • 8 oz
    twist (rotini) pasta
  • 2 Tbsp
    cornstarch
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 2 tsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 4 dash
    hot pepper sauce (i used 4 dashes of tabasco)
  • 2 1/2 c
    milk
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1 1/4 c
    shredded, sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 c
    shredded, pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 c
    fresh bread crumbs
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How To Make macaroni and cheese with a twist

  • 1
    Cook pasta in boiling salted water for 6 minutes; drain and set aside.
  • 2
    In a medium saucepan combine cornstarch, salt, pepper, and dry mustard; stir in milk until smooth. Add butter, worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of sharp cheddar and 1 cup pepper jack cheeses until melted.
  • 3
    Add macaroni and turn into 2-quart casserole that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Combine remaining cheeses and bread crumbs. Sprinkle on top.
  • 4
    Bake in 350* oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
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