Making extra cheesy mac & cheese from scratch with a basic roux.
Green Chile Mac & Cheese
- Servings: 1 cup
- Yield: 8
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cooking Time: 8 min
- 16 ounces pasta
- 2 Tbs butter
- 2 Tbs flour
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 4 ounces diced green chiles
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
- Place 2T butter and 2T flour into a pot over medium high heat and stir until the butter and flour are combined and slightly bubbly, though not burning. This will create a roux. Continue to stir and cook the roux until it slightly darkens.
- Add in ¼ tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp dijon mustard, and ¼ cup Greek yogurt or cream cheese and mix with the roux. Then add in 1 cup of milk slowly by the tablespoonful so as to make a thick sauce and avoiding lumps from the roux.
- Once all milk is incorporated, add in 8 ounces shredded cheddar and 8 ounces shredded mozzarella and 1 - 4 oz can diced green chilies. Continue stirring until the cheese is melted and you have a gooey cheese sauce.
- Add in the pasta, stir to combine and serve hot.
“Mac ‘n’ Cheese, PLEASE!!!!!”, so says Mr. Blaise. Who could resist that request? I set to work to concoct a super cheesey-riffic dish for my little buddy and came up with these ooey-gooey results.
Just a few notes:
- When buying your cheese, do not go with pre-shredded. I know, it’s super tempting. Cheese graters are boogers to clean. But, the pre-shredded cheeses are sprayed with potato starch to help the shreds from sticking in the packaging so it will alter the texture of your cheese sauce.
- I made this with green chilies added in for flavor, but they can be ommitted if you like. Of course, feel free to get crazy and add in other things: jalapenos, pimentos, BACON…oh, shoot! Why didn’t I put bacon in this? Next time…
- Shells are not the required pasta for this dish. Prefer a different shape? It’s totally your call.
- This recipe makes for rockstar leftovers. Throw the tupperware of this stuff from the refrigerator into the microwave for 3 minutes and it will be just as good as the day before.
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