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Queso Macaroni and Cheese – Recipe!

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Comforting, warm with just a hint of Mexican flavors — Queso Macaroni and Cheese will brighten any mealtime.

Macaroni and Cheese is one of those things that either is a holiday food, or something we make when we need a big hug.  The creaminess of the sauce wraps each and every noodle to create a mouthfeel that’s memorable.  I added some Mexican ingredients to create a cheese sauce that will slightly remind you of a good queso dip.  Green chilies and a freshly sliced tomato are the main additions that add great flavor.  The cheeses are a Mexican blend you can easily find at the grocery store, or use pepper jack and cheddar for a similar combination.

Baking the macaroni and cheese with another sprinkling of cheese on top offers a slightly crispy crust, which adds to the delightful experience.  It makes a great family-style dish to serve with other foods, or enjoy it all by itself with a green salad.  The leftovers can be reheated for lunches during the week.

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1 pound macaroni pasta

2 tablespoons butter + more for dish

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups low-fat milk

4 cups Mexican cheese blend, or a combination of pepper jack and cheddar, divided

4 ounces canned green chilies, diced

1 large rip tomato, sliced

salt and pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

(Serves 6-8)

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To Prepare:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Boil macaroni for 8 minutes and drain.

2. In a large pot over medium heat, add butter and allow it to melt.  Add flour and whisk until combined.  Cook for 1 minute.

3.  Add milk and whisk to combine.  Cook until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.  Add 3 cups of cheese, and stir until smooth.

4.  Add chilies and tomato, stir.  Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cumin, stir.

5.  Butter a 2 quart casserole dish and pour in pasta.  Top with remaining cheese and cover with foil.  Bake for 20 minutes. remove foil and continue to bake for 8 minutes or until top is slightly browned.

6.  Let rest 7 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!




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