Dill Pickle Macaroni and Cheese

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Dill pickle relish adds a bit of crunch and a ton of flavor to traditional, creamy baked macaroni and cheese.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 1 1/2-quart casserole dish

Ingredients

  • cooking spray

  • 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • cup dill pickle relish, well drained

  • ¼ cup minced onion

  • 1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha®) (Optional)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 slice bread

  • 1 teaspoon butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

  2. 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, about 7 minutes, making sure not to overcook. Drain and set aside.

  3. While the macaroni is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat in a large saucepan. Blend in flour and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Mix in Cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese; stir until melted. Add dill pickle relish, onion, Sriracha sauce, salt, and pepper to cheese mixture. Stir in cooked macaroni. Pour mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

  5. Butter both sides of bread and tear into large pieces. Blend in a food processor or electric blender until you have crumbs. Spread on top of casserole.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and browned on top, about 45 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

A mini chopper/food processor works really well for making the buttered-bread crumb casserole topping. If you have one of the mini choppers that comes with an immersion blender, that's perfect too.

For variety of flavor, a couple slices of crisp, crumbled bacon stirred into the mac and cheese mixture will also style it up.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

369 Calories
20g Fat
30g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 509mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 390mg 30%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 228mg 5%

* 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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