Chipotle Mac and Cheese

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This macaroni and cheese is smoky, spicy, and absolutely delicious. You can adjust the spice level by adding more or less chipotles.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup minced onion

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray, and place the macaroni into the bottom of the dish. Heat milk in a saucepan until hot but not boiling.

  4. Melt butter in a saucepan, and cook and stir the onion, garlic, and chipotle chiles until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Whisk in flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, and let cook for about 3 minutes, whisking constantly to avoid burning. Whisk in the hot milk, 1/2 cup at a time, and stir in paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer (do not boil), whisking constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cheeses, about 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until the cheeses have melted and the sauce is thick and smooth.

  5. Pour the sauce over the macaroni in the baking dish, and stir gently to combine. Cover the dish with foil.

  6. Bake covered until the dish is bubbling and the macaroni has absorbed some of the sauce, about 40 minutes. Uncover, and bake until golden brown on the edges, 10 to 15 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

384 Calories
20g Fat
36g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 384
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 264mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 288mg 22%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 179mg 4%

* 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.

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