Spicy Mac and Cheese

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Spicy Mac and Cheese
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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.

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6
Servings
335
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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. 

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
17g
26%
Sugar
6g
N/A
Saturated Fat
10g
50%
Cholesterol
52mg
17%
Protein
16g
32%
Carbs
30g
10%
Vitamin A
203µg
23%
Vitamin B12
0.7µg
12.3%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
8.4%
Vitamin C
31mg
51%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.6mg
2.9%
Vitamin K
18µg
23%
Calcium
365mg
36%
Fiber
2g
7%
Folate (food)
44µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
51µg
13%
Folic acid
4µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
8%
Magnesium
51mg
13%
Monounsaturated
4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
7%
Phosphorus
324mg
46%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
468mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
19.8%
Sodium
412mg
17%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
9.1%
Trans
0.3g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
14%

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