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Spicy & Gooey Mac and Cheese

By Kelsey Banfield |

Spicy Macaoni & Cheese

A spicy mac and cheese recipe is always welcome in our house. I like to serve it with some avocado on the side to offset the heat. I’ll admit, sometimes the kids don’t love the heat in this recipe, but they will eat it anyway. They call it “Mexican Mac & Cheese.” I don’t think it is a quite Tex-Mex, but it is close enough. If you are really get in the mood try serving with margaritas for the grown-ups! I always serve it with milk for the kids.

Spicy Macaroni & Cheese

1 pound macaroni elbows

6 tablespoon unsalted butter

3 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons dry mustard

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salt and Pepper

3 cups Whole milk

6 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook the pasta until al dente, drain, set aside.

2. In a deep bottomed saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper until a thick roux forms. Then pour in the milk and whisk continuously until it thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste. Finally, stir in the cheese and keep stirring until it is completely melted.

3. Pour the cooked pasta into the cheese sauce and stir everything together. Then pour it into a 4-quart baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbling and browned on top!

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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