I made this recipe after seeing a spicy mac and cheese on TV. There was no recipe, so I just made one up. While it didn't seem very spicy to me, it came out delightfully creamy and gooey with just a hint of a kick.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
38 mins
total:
48 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Place Anaheim peppers in a blender and blend, adding olive oil as needed to create a smooth paste.

  • Heat cream in a pot over medium heat; stir in butter. Add Anaheim pepper paste, pepper Jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, Mexican cheese blend; cook, stirring constantly, until cheeses are melted and sauce is smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and white pepper.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Stir cheese sauce into elbow macaroni; transfer to a casserole dish and top with crushed crackers.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until topping is browned and cheese is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Adjust for spice by using or removing the seeds and pulp from the Anaheim peppers.

Nutrition Facts

652 calories; protein 22.4g 45% DV; carbohydrates 24.2g 8% DV; fat 52.1g 80% DV; cholesterol 146mg 49% DV; sodium 797.7mg 32% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2019
Wow! Absolutely delicious recipe! Added a clove of garlic and puréed that with the Anaheim chilies. Also used Colby Jack cheese instead of pepper jack. Added about a tablespoon of chili powder but I don t think it needed. Wonderful dish and will make again for Thanksgiving! Decadent flavorful and cheesy! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/29/2019
No heat just oil. Not very good. Too little macaroni too much cheese Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2019
Wow! Absolutely delicious recipe! Added a clove of garlic and puréed that with the Anaheim chilies. Also used Colby Jack cheese instead of pepper jack. Added about a tablespoon of chili powder but I don t think it needed. Wonderful dish and will make again for Thanksgiving! Decadent flavorful and cheesy! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/29/2019
No heat just oil. Not very good. Too little macaroni too much cheese Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2017
This was absolutely delicious!!! I made this for a party so I went little light on the pepper jack but it still had nice heat. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2016
Neither of us are big fans of mac and cheese but this was delicious and my kind of mac and cheese. Three things. It doesn't make a whole lot so you'll want to double if feeding very many. The other thing is that is takes quite a bit of oil to get the peppers into a paste so plan on that. Lastly it is a bit on the expensive side but well worth it! For kiddo's maybe not but for the adults make this and make it right now! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2017
yummy!! mac N Cheese.. lovi t!! Read More