Roasted Hatch Chile Mac N’ Cheese

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Contributed by: Chef Tom Fraker

Roasted Hatch Chile Mac N’ Cheese

Recipe type: Yield: Serves 12 Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


Kick up your Mac n’ Cheese with this recipe from Melissa’s!

Ingredients:

1 16-ounce box cavatappi or macaroni pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (½ cup)
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 cup crema or crème fraîche
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups preshredded cheddar-Jack cheese (about 8 ounces)
2 cups preshredded Gouda cheese (about 8 ounces)
1½ teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
Salt
Freshly ground white pepper
4 fresh Hatch Chile peppers, charred, peeled, stems and seeds removed, finely diced
¾ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

Directions:

  1. 1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon oil to keep pasta from sticking.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. 3. Coat insides of 6 (6×2-inch) foil loaf pans with cooking spray.
  4. 4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour until a smooth paste is formed, about 3 minutes. Whisk in milk, crema, and nutmeg until smooth; whisk in cheeses until completely melted. Whisk in 1 teaspoon paprika; whisk in salt and white pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  5. 5. Add pasta and Hatch Chile to cheese mixture; toss together. Pour evenly into prepared pans.
  6. 6. In a bowl, combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining ½ teaspoon paprika, and breadcrumbs; stir in salt to taste.
  7. 7. Sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture.
  8. 8. Bake at 350°F until bubbly and lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes. Serve.

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