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    Smoky Chipotle and Cheddar Mac

    Smoky Chipotle and Cheddar Mac. Photo by Jigawatt

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    25 mins

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    1. 1
      Place a pot of water on to boil for macaroni. When it boils, salt water and cook pasta until a little under done, just shy of al dente.
    2. 2
      While pasta cooks, place a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil and chorizo.
    3. 3
      Brown the chorizo then add the canned tomatoes to the pan and heat them through. Remove from heat and reserve.
    4. 4
      While chorizo begins to cook, heat a medium sauce pot over medium-low heat.
    5. 5
      Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, then add onions and chipotles and cook 3-5 minutes to sweat it out and turn the juices sweet. Raise heat up a bit, add the flour and whisk together until mixture bubbles up. Cook 1 minute more.
    6. 6
      Whisk in milk and stock and raise heat up a little more to bring the sauce to a quick boil. Once it bubbles, drop heat back to a rolling simmer sauce to thicken, 3-5 minutes.
    7. 7
      Drain macaroni or pasta. Add cooked pasta back to the large pot.
    8. 8
      Add cheese to milk sauce and stir to melt, a minute or so.
    9. 9
      Stir in chorizo and tomatoes and season sauce with salt and pepper.
    10. 10
      Pour sauce over cooked pasta in large pot and toss to combine. Transfer to a large serving platter, garnish with chives and serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 20, 2008


      DH and I had this mac and cheese for dinner last night. We thought it was good and had nice flavor. It was also pretty easy to make. I might have liked it a little spicier--maybe adding some crushed red pepper flakes next time. Also, like the other reviewer, mine didnt thicken up and was kind of soupy. I havent had my leftovers yet, so perhaps it will have better consistency today.

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    • on May 11, 2008


      Oh goodness, this was a huge hit with DH. I was kindof freaked out that it didn't seem to thicken up well in the pot..but after setting a bit, and then in the fridge for leftovers it was great, although I did have to add more flour than directed. I used curly pasta, which kept everything mixed well. Had a friend make this as well and she emailed me freaking out that it was the best thing she ever ate...thanks for posting this!

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    Nutritional Facts for Smoky Chipotle and Cheddar Mac

    Serving Size: 1 (369 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1340.5
    Calories from Fat 652
    Total Fat 72.4 g
    Saturated Fat 34.5 g
    Cholesterol 183.9 mg
    Sodium 1742.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 104.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.0 g
    Sugars 13.8 g
    Protein 64.6 g

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