Spicy Mac and Cheese



  • 1/2 Cup  sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 Cups  broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 Cup  elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1/3 Cup  green onions, sliced, green parts only
  • 2 Tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons  cayenne
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  dried basil
  • 1 Teaspoon  salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 3/4 Cup  whole milk
  • 3/4 Cups  shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup  shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1/2 Cup  shredded Gouda cheese

We love any way to spice up a mac and cheese, and this recipe was one of our favorites. Sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli florets, and a cheesy sauce take the heat with a dash of cayenne, resulting in a savory and gooey mac and cheese that has a hint of spice in it.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Scoop out 1 cup of hot water and pour into a bowl, add the sun-dried tomatoes to it, and let stand 10 minutes or until softened. 

To the pot of boiling water, add the broccoli florets and cook 3 minutes, remove florets, and set aside. In the same boiling water, cook the pasta according to the package instructions, strain, and add to broccoli. 

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the green onions and sauté until softened, 4 minutes. Stir in the flour, cayenne, basil, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until the flour is absorbed by the butter and forms a paste. Pour in the milk and whisk until thickened. Sprinkle in 1/2 of the Cheddar and all of the Gruyère and Gouda and stir until melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the reserved broccoli, pasta, and strained sun-dried tomatoes. Stir to combine and season with salt to taste. Transfer the mac and cheese to an 8-inch-by-8-inch casserole dish and sprinkle the remaining Cheddar cheese over the top. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly and heated through. 


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Calories per serving:

381 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 124g 190%
  • Carbs 188g 63%
  • Saturated 74g 372%
  • Fiber 17g 69%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 42g
  • Protein 113g 225%
  • Cholesterol 369mg 123%
  • Sodium 4,027mg 168%
  • Calcium 2,722mg 272%
  • Magnesium 331mg 83%
  • Potassium 3,012mg 86%
  • Iron 11mg 61%
  • Zinc 14mg 93%
  • Phosphorus 2,286mg 327%
  • Vitamin A 7,314IU 146%
  • Vitamin C 216mg 360%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 56%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 128%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 43%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 57%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 307µg 77%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 76%
  • Vitamin D 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 25%
  • Vitamin K 353µg 442%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 34g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 6g
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