If you had to choose your all-time favorite comfort food, what would it be? There would be a lot that would vie for the top with me: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, chicken and dumplings - to name just a few. But I think at the very tippy top would have to be macaroni and cheese. Cheese and pasta - two of my most favorite things in the world combine in one warm, creamy, oozy, melty cheesy goodness. Growing up, I even loved the stuff that came in the blue box. Yes, the cheese was powdered, but it didn't matter. It was mac and cheese. I don't think I've ever met a mac and cheese I didn't like. Oh, I've met some that I loved. I have a memory of an utterly decadent bowlful that had lobster in it. I could have eaten that every day for the rest of my life (which would have probably been significantly shortened by said eating.)
When I had some leftover Monterey jack cheese, I decided it was time to change up the classic macaroni and cheese recipe. This gave a much milder cheese flavor than the usual cheddar. I added some hot peppers to give it more of a pepper jack leaning. I liked the subtle heat. I served this as a side dish for roasted chicken, it would be great with fish or pork. I am also of the camp that believes that macaroni and cheese makes a great main course, served with a salad and possibly some bread (I am all about carb overload here) and you are good to go!
Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese
- ½ pound elbow macaroni
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups milk
- 1 hot green or red chile peppers
- 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese
- salt and pepper
- Cook pasta in boiling, salted water per package directions and drain.
- While pasta is cooking, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour, incorporating it with the butter. Continue stirring or whisking for about 3 minutes or until it starts to darken slightly. Add peppers and stir to combine. Gradually whisk in milk, as it starts to thicken, whisk in the cheese.
- When the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened, stir in the cooked mac and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serves 2-4
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