Green Chile Mac and Cheese is not just for kids! Enjoy this spicy rendition of a favorite comfort food.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: comfort, spicy
Skill Level: Intermediate
3tablespoonsunsalted butter or margarine
¼cupfinely chopped onion
2cupsshredded mild cheddar cheesedivided
2cupselbow macaronicooked and drained
4Hatch Chilesroasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1/2cupfinely crushed bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion in the melted butter for 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Gradually add the milk and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 7 to 10 minutes.
Remove the milk mixture from the heat. Add 1½ cups of the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.
Combine the cheese sauce with the cooked macaroni and chiles. Mix well. Transfer the macaroni to a 1½-quart casserole and top with the remaining cheese. Sprinkle finely crushed bred crumbs across the top. Bake 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.