Rajas Con Crema Macaroni and Cheese

This quick stovetop mac and cheese is based on rajas con crema, a classic Mexican dish of roasted green chiles sauteed with onion and finished with cream. Canned green chiles make a fine shortcut in this case.

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  • Servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cream or half-and-half
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • Salt 
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces small pasta shells or mini farfalle
  • Two 4-ounce cans roasted green chiles

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan over moderate heat, combine the butter and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the cream and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the cheese, and stir until incorporated. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, and keep it warm over very low heat.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium pot of boiling well-salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain well and stir into the sauce, along with the green chiles. Serve immediately.
Contributed By Photo © Kate Winslow Published June 2014





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