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Queso Macaroni and Cheese

  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 10

Oh yes we did! This creamy, zippy spin on macaroni and cheese is a queso lover’s dream come true. Top with your favorite fresh toppings for a simple casserole that no one can resist. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
package (16 oz) uncooked penne pasta
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
1
medium red bell pepper, diced
1/4
teaspoon ground cumin
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
cans (4.5 oz each) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
3
tablespoons butter
3
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3
cups milk
1
package (16 oz) Kraft™ Velveeta™ original cheese product, cut into 1-inch cubes
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
2
medium plum (Roma) tomatoes, chopped
1
medium avocado, pitted, peeled and cubed
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, cumin and salt; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until peppers are just starting to soften. Transfer to small bowl; stir in green chiles, and reserve.
  • 3
    Return Dutch oven to medium heat; melt butter in Dutch oven. With whisk, stir in flour until smooth. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  • 4
    Gradually stir in milk. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; reduce heat to medium. Stir in Velveeta™ cheese, and cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta and reserved vegetables. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into baking dish; top with Cheddar cheese.
  • 5
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are bubbly and cheese is melted. Top with remaining ingredients.
  • For perfect baked pasta texture, cook penne just to al dente as directed on package.

Expert Tips

  • To dice avocado, cut in half, and remove pit. Using large spoon, scoop flesh from skin. Place one half avocado cut side down on cutting board. Make two horizontal cuts to make three planks, then cut lengthwise into strips. Turn 90 degrees, and cut again. Repeat with other half of avocado.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
510
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
35%
Saturated Fat
12g
60%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
65mg
22%
Sodium
1130mg
47%
Potassium
440mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
53g
18%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Sugars
11g
Protein
21g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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