Spicy Mac and Cheese

Spicy Mac and Cheese
By
Staff Writer

HUNGRY

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.

Notes

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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
31g
44%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
75g
58%
Protein
16g
35%
Vitamin A, RAE
93µg
13%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
23mg
31%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
45µg
50%
Calcium, Ca
218mg
22%
Choline, total
18mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
103µg
26%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
64mg
20%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
229mg
33%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
1462mg
97%
Water
238g
9%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Mac and Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Mac and Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.