Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese

"I think I'm really beginning to acquire the taste for chipotles, this is only the second time I've made anything with these smokey peppers. I found this recipe in a recent issue of Cooking Light. It only uses 2 peppers so if you want to save the rest for future use, just lay on waxed paper and freeze, once frozen, wrap each pepper and store in freezer bag."
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil 2 cups macaroni according to package (do not overcook), drain.
  • Reserve 1 adobo sauce and set aside.
  • Finely chop 2 chipotle peppers, onions and green peppers.
  • Melt butter in heavy pot over med-high heat, toss chopped ingredients and stir.
  • Cook until onion is tender, then sprinkle with 2 T of flour.
  • Allow to cook for about 30 SECONDS then reduce to medium.
  • Stir in the can of diced tomatoes w/chilies-- aka Rotel (I used tomatoes with jalapenos instead).
  • Simmer for 3 minutes until sauce thickens.
  • Now add the reserved adobo, cottage cheese, milk, cheddar, parmesan, macaroni and egg, stir well and pour mixture into casserole dish.
  • Melt tablespoon of butter and add breadcrumbs, stir until breadcrumbs are moist, sprinkle mixture over pasta.
  • You can also lightly sprinkle some more shredded cheddar over it before baking for 30 minutes until browned.

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  1. Thought this was a nice recipe. As others have said, I think bacon could be a nice addition, but wasn't really necessary. If you don't like spicy, you could easily cut down on the chipotle and it would still be very good. Thanks!
  2. Really good! I agree with the other reviewers...bacon would be awesome. Unfortunately, I didn't have any "real" bacon, so I added some bacon bits and diced ham, which worked fine (but not as good as the real deal, of course). I also decided to seed one of the chipotles and I'm SOOOO glad I did! It was still very spicy. Don't get me wrong...this girl can handle some spice (AZ native)...but I think this particular dish would be better with less of it. Next time, I'll seed both chipotles, so I still get the nice smokey flavor. I like that this is creamy comfort food, incorporates ingredients I always keep on hand, and includes some veggies. I'll definitely make this again.
  3. This mac and cheese recipe was really nice. I made it last night for dinner for DH, my aunt, and myself. My aunt loved it, DH and I liked it. It was easy to prepare and had a nice spicy flavor. Like Linaj, I might add a little extra adobo sauce next time. I also agree that stirring in some bacon might give it the little extra bit of flavor that it needed. This was a good recipe for a chilly night. Thanks, Jelisa!
  4. WOW! We really enjoyed this recipe! I will say, it's the best mac & cheese I've ever made. I did add little extra adobo. Perfect for us. Next time, I think I might stir in bacon. Diced ham would be a good mixed in also. This is a keeper for sure. Thanks! :)
  5. I have the original CL recipe, and I made this the other night. To Sackville Girl and Jelisa, in step 7, you are supposed to cook the onion and flour for 30 SECONDS, not minutes. I seeded the chipotle, so it was not too spicy. Oh, by the way, I forgot to add the egg and it turned out fine. My husband and company said it was a keeper.



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