Smokey-Spicy Mac & Cheese

1
Christine M.

By
@cmontecillo

I'm always experimenting with mac & cheese, but this one has by far been my favorite combination of cheeses. I just made it for two, but you can easily double the recipe for more.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Serves:
2
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
20 Min

Ingredients

2 c
pasta shells, giant (or other pasta of your choice)
4 Tbsp
butter
3 Tbsp
flour
1 c
milk
3/4 c
smoked cheddar, shredded (i used tillamook, white smoked cheddar with peppercorns)
1/2 c
habanero cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese
1/4 c
sharp cheddar
2 dash(es)
hot sauce (try a smoked hot sauce, like the tabasco chipotle)
2 dash(es)
worcestershire sauce
1/4 c
bread crumbs, dry

How to Make Smokey-Spicy Mac & Cheese

Step-by-Step

  • 1Cook pasta according to directions and set aside; pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 2While pasta is cooking, shred/grate your cheese, if necessary.
  • 3Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat; add flour and milk, stir constantly, until you have a thick and smooth constancy. Reduce heat to a low temperature and add the cheese, worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Stir constantly and continue to heat until all the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • 4Add pasta to the cheese mixture and mix well.
  • 5Pour mac and cheese into a small, oven safe, casserole dish. Top the pasta with a thin layer of bread crumbs. Bake for 15 minutes and then broil for 2 minutes on low to brown bread crumbs. Enjoy!

    note: if you prefer, you can eat as is without baking in the oven. I just really love a baked mac and cheese!

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About Smokey-Spicy Mac & Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #cheese, #spicy