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MEXICAN STYLE MAC & CHEESE

This pasta recipe is very quick and easy to prepare, and it’s also a very popular recipe for kids! Mac and 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.
Course Basic Recipes, Side dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 392kcal

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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over 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.
  • Mix the pasta with the sauce and cook for another 2 more minutes, just enough time to mix well.
  • 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.

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 3oz | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 26.6mg | Calcium: 402mg | Iron: 0.9mg