Chorizo Macaroni and Cheese
Chorizo is very popular meat which is used in many different Mexican dishes. You can find chorizo in other cuisines as well but the most popular is throughout Mexican. The meat must be cooked prior to serving it and is often made with chili peppers giving it a nice kick.
- 1 package chorizo, chopped
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 can (2 ½ ounces) fried onions
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes
- 4 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp dry mustard
- 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 3-4 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Place the pasta in a pot of boiling water and cook until it is al dente per the box instructions. Drain the pasta and set aside.
- Place the cherry tomatoes onto a baking sheet and drizzle them with 1 teaspoon olive oil.
- Season the tomatoes with the salt and pepper and then place the baking sheet in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.
- Place a skillet over medium-high heat and add in the remaining olive oil. Once hot, add in the chorizo and cook until crispy.
- Remove from the pan and drain.
- Place a large saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter. Once melted, add in the flour and whisk for 1 minute.
- While continuing to whisk, add in the milk and heat until boiling.
- Once boiling, continue whisking and add in the hot sauce, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Stir in the cheddar cheese and 1 ½ cups of the pepper jack cheese. Whisk until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the sauce over top of the pasta and toss well.
- Add in the tomatoes and chorizo. Toss well.
- Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and then top with remaining pepper jack cheese and fried onions.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until heated through.
Chorizo itself has a spicy kick to it. If you do not like spicy foods, you can either use a mild form of chorizo, substitute it for another type of sausage, or even leave out the hot sauce from the recipe.
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