Monday, November 7, 2016

Easy and Quick Mexican Style Mac & Cheese


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & La Moderna but all  opinions are my own. #pmedia #MyExceptionalPasta #GoldenHarvest  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Easy mac and cheese recipe

This pasta recipe is very quick and easy to prepare, and it’s also a very popular recipe with kids! Mac & Cheese is not a traditional Mexican recipe, but it has somehow been adopted in many Mexican homes, and is a favorite at children’s parties and other types of celebrations. I think that maybe someone, many years ago, was trying to imitate the popular American dish and lacked yellow cheddar cheese, and decided to add the red bell pepper instead to give color to the pasta. At least, that’s my theory about why this recipe is prepared the way it is.

As many of you may know, American meals have a significant influence on the border states of Mexico, in the same way that you find Mexican dishes being adopted in the United States, like in Texas and Arizona, where you find that burritos or chimichangas are an everyday kind of thing for some. This pasta dish is one of the American dishes that has made its way into Mexican homes; I grew up in a state bordering the US, and this way of preparing pasta has been around since I was a kid. It also made with other types of pastas, like spaghetti or penne.


I often shop at Wal-Mart, and I was very surprised to see La Moderna brand pasta boxes alongside the other premium pasta brands, since they’re usually placed in the Latin food section. And let me tell you, I’m so glad that they finally have the place they deserve; this brand has been around for ages in my country, and it has a lot of prestige due to the quality of their products, besides being a high protein pasta. I hope you check out La Moderna the next time you’re in the mood for pasta (they come in a black and golden box).

Enjoy the recipe!
easy and quick mac and cheese recipe

SERVES 4
INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 ounces "La Moderna" macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ of a medium size onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper*
  • 8 ounces shredded or cubed cheddar cheese or American cheese
  • 1 cup evaporated milk**
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Red crushed pepper (optional)

easy and quick mac and cheese recipe

NOTES:

  • *In Mexico, the canned or jarred red peppers are the ones used for this recipe.
  • **You can substitute the evaporated milk for regular milk, or better yet, you can use Mexican cream.
  • To enjoy a completely different take on this pasta, add one chipotle pepper, it’s simply delicious!
  • And one last note: in Mexico, American cheese is usually the one used instead of cheddar cheese.


DIRECTIONS:

easy and quick mac and cheese recipe


1.Place water, salt, onion, garlic and bay leaf in a saucepan. Turn heat to medium high. Once the water starts boiling, add the pasta. Cook for 10 minutes. Drain and reserve the onion and garlic.

2. Place cheese, roasted bell pepper, evaporated milk, and reserved onion and garlic into your blender pitcher. Process until you have a smooth sauce. Set aside.
easy and quick mac and cheese recipe


3. Melt butter in a skillet at medium-high heat, making sure not to burn it. Once it has melted, add the cheese and bell pepper sauce. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring from time to time. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Mix the pasta with the sauce and cook for another 2 more minutes, just enough time to mix well.
easy and quick mac and cheese recipe


Serve immediately. Add some crushed pepper, if desired. If you don’t plan to serve it right away, add a couple of tablespoons of milk when reheating, since the sauce tends to get dry when cold.
                                                                                                      
Enjoy!

Provecho!

Mely Martínez
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4 comments :

  1. Mely, I always check the mexican section for pasta and spices before looking at the american section. The pasta is more inexpensive and in smaller packages. I love that the spices come in a bag and I can just place it in my bottles I already have at home. Saves on post consumer waste!

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    1. Hello,

      Yes! I also do the same thing, the spices come in small plastic bags and the prices are very reasonable. Plus, the pastas have different types of fun shapes. I love them for soups. Thank you for commenting! Happy cooking!

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  2. Love your site and check it each day.
    I have a Masa Harina question. I can buy it marked for tortillas or tamales . What is the difference and can I switch them?

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    1. Hello Rebecca,
      As each the package mentions, one is used to make tortillas and the other to make tamales. The one used for tamales has a coarse texture, it can also be used for atoles. I sometimes also use the one that indicates for tortillas to make tamales, it has a fine texture but the tamales don't come out as fluffy as if you were using the one for tamales. it also depends in what type of tamales I'm making.

      Happy cooking!

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