Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese with Adobo Meatballs
Servings Per Recipe: 8 Calories: 589.1
% Daily Value *
protein: 35.7g 71 %
carbohydrates: 29.2g 9 %
dietary fiber: 2.1g 8 %
fat: 36.4g 56 %
saturated fat: 20.7g 104 %
cholesterol: 120.8mg 40 %
vitamin a iu: 1227.7IU 25 %
niacin equivalents: 9.4mg 72 %
vitamin b6: 0.2mg 14 %
vitamin c: 13.7mg 23 %
folate: 88.8mcg 22 %
calcium: 571.6mg 57 %
iron: 3.2mg 18 %
magnesium: 51.3mg 18 %
potassium: 343.5mg 10 %
sodium: 914.5mg 37 %
thiamin: 0.3mg 34 %
calories from fat: 327.9
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.
I made this tonight and am eating it right now. I was not sure what "adobo seasoning" was but I found something by Goya that had the word Adobo on it so I used that. I couldn't find any jalapeno powder so I used a whole jalapeno minced fine. I don't know what it would be like if you added the jalapeno powder but just by adding the jalapeno it wasn't spicy at all. The flavor of the dish is really good but when I went to serve it there was a lot of runny liquid in the casserole. I think the next time I might leave out the cream and see if that helps. Also the meatballs are very salty there is a lot of salt in the adobo seasoning so the next time I will only use 1 Tbls of the seasoning. Instead of putting the meatballs on top of the dish I cut them in half and mixed them in with the macaroni and cheese. The sauce is really good. I will definitely make this again it's really good. UPDATE: the pasta must have absorbed the excess liquid because I ate the leftovers today and it wasn't too runny.
I made this over the weekend for some friends. Although I did change up the recipe (used already made/frozen meatballs and added adobo seasoning to it) still was a hit. I personally thought the recipe was 4 stars but this turned out to be the favorite dish of the night amongst everyone else. Definitely be patient and let all the cheese melt together before adding the pasta. The combination of the different cheeses was great (I actually used a 4 c of a mexican blend rather than 4 c of plain cheddar cheese). Tastes great reheated the next day as well.
I've made this twice and it's really good. The other poster mentioned it being liquidy which happened the first time I made it. The second time I took my time and really let the cheese melt into the cream before mixing in the noodles and it was perfect. The adobo meatballs are a great touch and round out the dish. My adobo seasoning is salt-free (from Penzeys Spices not Goya) so the meatballs were a great compliment to the cheesiness (sp?) and not overly salty. Also a great idea to add coriander to the macaroni--it's the perfect substitute for nutmeg that I like to add to my regular macaroni. GREAT DISH!
I personally liked the macaroni and cheese a lot but hubby and kids did not. No one liked the meatballs. That's a lot of seasoning for the amount of meat and I followed the recipe to a tee except I used dried cilantro had no jalapeno pepper powder. I did not however have any problems with it being runny just be patient and let the cheese melt and stir. It was the perfect consistency! I'd love to make the mac & cheese without the meatballs sometime because I thought it was a great mexican-type dish all by itself. I also supplied the photo.
The meatballs need help so season them however you'd like. I was excited to try this recipe honestly. I was a little skeptical of the fat free cottage cheese and the light sour cream. I highly advice all of you to not use the fat free cottage cheese because the mouth feel is unpleasant. What's the logic behind using light sour cream and fat free cottage cheese if you've got other high fat ingredients? Just go for the gold and make a good recipe for Pete's sake.
Delicious! Meatballs: I used ground turkey added diced onions and garlic to the meat mixture added chopped jalapeno peppers instead of powder and used less Adobo than called for (used dashes until it seemed right). The amount in the recipe would have been way too much with Adobo that has salt. Cheese mixture: Instead of cotija cheese I used a shredded Mexican mixture and used chopped garlic rather than powder. It was so tasty and the meatballs really compliment this dish!
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