195 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 59
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5

This ain't your grandma's mac and cheese.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. A little at a time, whisk in milk, mustard, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat and whisk in pepperjack, Cheddar and Parmesan until smooth. Stir in cooked pasta and pour into shallow 2 quart baking dish.

  • Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in bread crumbs and chili powder. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture.

  • Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

352 calories; 23.3 g total fat; 69 mg cholesterol; 690 mg sodium. 19.6 g carbohydrates; 16.4 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (139)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2007
This recipe is awesome!! We all loved it even my one-year old. (I did cut back on the hot pepper sauce). I put the chili powder (and a little less) into the sauce and used a mix of 2% and 1% milk. I used more pasta too probably 2.5 cups and I could have used more but I like an extra cheesey saucey sauce opposed to a drier sauce. We had broccoli with this and spooned some of the extra sauce over that. I used radiatore pasta in this and it was wonderful. Shredded my own parm used Tillamook Pepperjack and Tillamook Extra Sharp Reserve White Cheddar cheese. Used a bit extra of all the cheeses. LOVED it!!! I used crushed garlic croutons in place of bread crumbs and butter. We couldn't get enough. I will make this again.
(92)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/30/2010
is it me? I made this as the recipe said I did not care for this mac and cheese. Gritty too much vingery taste from the hot sauce. i won't be making this again ever
(13)
195 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 59
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2007
This recipe is awesome!! We all loved it even my one-year old. (I did cut back on the hot pepper sauce). I put the chili powder (and a little less) into the sauce and used a mix of 2% and 1% milk. I used more pasta too probably 2.5 cups and I could have used more but I like an extra cheesey saucey sauce opposed to a drier sauce. We had broccoli with this and spooned some of the extra sauce over that. I used radiatore pasta in this and it was wonderful. Shredded my own parm used Tillamook Pepperjack and Tillamook Extra Sharp Reserve White Cheddar cheese. Used a bit extra of all the cheeses. LOVED it!!! I used crushed garlic croutons in place of bread crumbs and butter. We couldn't get enough. I will make this again.
(92)
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2009
I made this tonight as a test for a dinner party next weekend. 1. I used 2% instead of whole milk. Do not do this as it breaks and makes for a chalky texture. 2. I used pepper cheddar instead of pepper jack since I had it on hand; probably no significant difference. 3. The pasta amount is definitely a typo. I used more like 2.5 cups. 4. Personally the hot sauce heat level was fine or too low but I did not love the vinegar aspect it added. Next time I will do a combo of jalapenos and cayenne. 5. I will add more mustard next time and mix the chili powder into the sauce. 6. I added parmesan to the bread crumb/butter mixture and melted in the microwave instead of in a pan. Worked beautifully and saved me a dish to wash. Overall this is a really good recipe. I may just have a piggy husband but 8 servings is debatable.
(61)
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2008
Hyperpuppy I bow to your cooking genius. How I wish I could give this one ten stars. It is that good folks. If you like traditional comfort food with a big twist this is your ticket right here. I added some Oscar Mayer bacon bits. For my own personal tastes the next time I make this I will add another 1/2 cup milk. I will also add the chili powder to the cheese mixture. I think I tasted too much chili powder. Otherwise this is my favorite recipe from this webstie.
(53)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2005
This is awesome mac & cheese! I made it for our group of adult friends and they've requested it again and again. I use 1 box of pasta thinking the 1 1/2 cups of pasta on the recipe must be a typo.
(28)
Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2007
I thought this recipe came out REALLY dry. After second thought I'm not really sure why the baking time was so long--I think that's what dried out the cheese. Kinda disappointing texture after seeing the great reviews. Next time I'll add alot more cheese and cook less because I did really love how spicy it was.
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2008
This was amazing - the compliment I got was "steakhouse worthy". I did use 1% and 2% milk instead of whole and I left off the crumb topping and instead put a little extra cheese on top (left off the extra butter and added the red pepper to the mac). Towards the end of the baking I turned on the broiler to get a nice brown/crispy layer. Had great flavor and will DEFINITELY make again!
(26)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2008
As I'm eating leftovers for the third day in a row on this one I have to say this was delicious. I accidentally doubled the mustard but it still turned out great and I did use a whole box of pasta after seeing the reviews and noting how much sauce I had. Delicious. I'm on the mission to create the perfect mac & cheese so I'll continue experimenting but this was a perfect start to me and I'm pumped to use some of the ingredients here. Also - I used a combo of panko and italian breadcrumbs for the topping. Delish!
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2007
This makes an excellent change from basic mac&cheese. I used about 3/4 of a box of elbow macaroni then cut the hot sauce down to 1 teaspoon and added a can of Rotel tomatoes to compensate...yum! This reheats well with an extra splash of milk. Next time I'll leave off the breadcrumbs since I don't think that really added anything and throw in some ground beef for a complete meal.
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Great variation on the regular mac n'cheese. I was actually surprised that my kids liked it even though it was somewhat spicy. And adults loved it.
(18)