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Spicy Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Spicy Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • FAST
  • VEGETARIAN

Fresh jalapeños add a spicy twist to this classic stovetop mac and cheese.

  1. 1 pound pasta, any kind
  2. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 2 cups milk
  4. 3 eggs, beaten
  5. 20 ounces (1 pound 4 ounces) grated sharp cheddar
  6. 1-2 fresh jalapeños, or to taste, seeded and sliced
  7. 1 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground smoked paprika
  11. Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  12. Chopped cilantro, for garnish
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until it is al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water until it is completely cooled. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk in the milk, eggs, cheese, jalapeños, salt, chipotle, ground mustard, paprika and black pepper. Continue to stir until the cheese is completely melted, and then cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  3. Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and cook for another minute or until the pasta is heated through. Serve warm garnished with cilantro.
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