Manchego Mac and Cheese with Fresh Chorizo

Manchego Mac and Cheese with Fresh Chorizo
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Manchego Mac and Cheese with Fresh Chorizo
Julie Ruggirello

Manchego Mac and Cheese with Fresh Chorizo

A Spanish-style makeover of simple mac and cheese complete with tangy Manchego cheese and chorizo; although it’s a bit less authentic than dried, use fresh chorizo to achieve the slightly spicy flavor. Reheating cheese sauces can get tricky, so try to serve it all on the first go. If do you need to reheat, add in more cheese and reheat in the oven.

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4
Servings
1129
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound macaroni noodles, or any small pasta shape
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 Ounces fresh chorizo, removed from casing
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 8 Ounces Manchego cheese, shredded
  • 4 Ounces white sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the noodles to al dente according to package directions. Drain the pasta and set aside for later use.

While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Crumble in the chorizo and cook until browned. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cooked chorizo to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain, reserving the oil in the pan.

Whisk in the flour, and cook for a few minutes to cook out the flour flavor, but not until browned. Whisk in the cream a little bit at a time and then whisk in the water, making sure that there are no clumps of flour. Cook the mixture until little bubbles form at the side of the pan; do not bring to a full boil. Whisk in the Manchego and Cheddar a handful at a time, whisking between each addition. Add in the paprika and some salt and pepper. In a large bowl (or the saucepan if it’s large enough) mix the cheese sauce, pasta, and reserved chorizo. Serve while hot.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
70g
100%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
22g
92%
Cholesterol
111mg
37%
Carbohydrate, by difference
83g
64%
Protein
48g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
389µg
56%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
967mg
97%
Choline, total
52mg
12%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
255µg
64%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
273mg
85%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
9mg
64%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
1396mg
100%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
72µg
100%
Sodium, Na
1588mg
100%
Thiamin
2mg
100%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
117g
4%
Zinc, Zn
11mg
100%

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.