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
874
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
76g
100%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
39g
100%
Cholesterol
218mg
73%
Protein
36g
73%
Carbs
11g
4%
Vitamin A
483µg
54%
Vitamin B12
2µg
33%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
19%
Vitamin C
0.4mg
0.6%
Vitamin D
2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
11%
Vitamin K
9µg
12%
Calcium
624mg
62%
Fiber
0.6g
2.5%
Folate (food)
28µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
38µg
10%
Folic acid
6µg
N/A
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
43mg
11%
Monounsaturated
26g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
17%
Phosphorus
540mg
77%
Polyunsaturated
5g
N/A
Potassium
372mg
11%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
37.4%
Sodium
1272mg
53%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
28.7%
Trans
1g
N/A
Zinc
5mg
34%