Stovetop, creamy Macaroni & Cheese with a little kick of Pepper Jack cheese!
It’s Monday again. I hate when that happens. Did you have a good weekend? I went to see “The Package” concert on Saturday. That’s New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men. NKOTB was a little before my time but I still had fun. Even though I only knew about 20% of the songs. Now the countdown begins for the Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake concert. I’ll know alllll those songs.
This is a great weeknight meal and perfect for Meatless Monday. We happened to have some leftover (delicious) grilled chicken that the Mr. made so I paired it with that. The pepper jack isn’t overly spicy and I think it’d be fine for kids (here’s a tamer version if you’re worried about spice). It’s super creamy and cheesy. I tried to take a cool picture of the melty cheese stretching but I underestimated how hard it would be to hold the fork and the camera still to get the shot. So you get an out of focus picture of my bite. Sometimes I wish I had a tripod.
Pepper Jack Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese
- 1/2 lb rotini noodles I used a tomato & spinach garden pasta
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cup milk I used 2%
- salt & pepper to taste
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 cup pepper jack shredded
- 1/2 cup mozzarella shredded
- In a large pot, bring salted water to boil and cook your noodles.
- Drain noodles and set aside.
- Using the same pot (or a new one if you like to do dishes), melt the butter over medium high heat until bubbly. Whisk in the flour, one tablespoon at a time, making sure to fully cook each addition.
- Cook the flour until it is no longer raw. The mixture (a roux) should be thick and pale yellow.
- Add in the milk, while whisking. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens and is creamy.
- Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Remove from heat and stir in your cheeses. Stir until fully melted and incorporated.
- Add your drained pasta to the cheese mixture and stir to fully coat.
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