Spicy Spiral Mac & Cheese

spicyspiralmacncheeseThis is my twist, no pun intended, on a zippy macaroni and cheese that can be served as a side to liven up any burger, steak or chicken main dish.  There is nothing timid or Low-Cal / Low-Fat about this dish.  You’ve been warned.

I’m intending to pile it on top of my BBQ Brisket Sandwiches tomorrow night.  Yummy!

Spicy Spiral Mac & Cheese

  • 1 1/2 Cups Cellentani Pasta
  • 4 TBSP Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 3 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground White Pepper
  • 3 tsp (or more to taste) Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 Cup Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesano/Reggiano/Asiago Blend
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. A little at a time, whisk in milk, mustard, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat and whisk in Pepper Jack, Cheddar and P/R/A blend until smooth. Stir in cooked pasta and pour into shallow 2 quart baking dish.
  4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter, stir in chili powder. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

TIP:  For a crispier top, you can mix in 3 TBLS bread crumbs with the butter and chili powder and sprinkle on top.

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