Chorizo Mac & Cheese

Once in a while we like to have some “kick” in our dinner meals and I like chorizo. I like beef chorizo better but I used pork in this dish (either beef or pork can be spicy but also depends on the brand that is purchased). I got the recipe from Taste of Home and I changed it up a little bit…here is a list of my changes:

  1. Rotini noodles (whole grain)
  2. Extra 6 oz of chorizo
  3. 4 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  4. 2 tsp cornstarch
  5. 3 cups of shredded mexican blend cheese
  6. 3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  7. Half & Half

We hope you enjoy! You can also add bell peppers, salsa, avocados, etc…

Makes: 4 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

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2 cups whole wheat rotini noodles

1 cup Half & Half

2 tsp cornstarch

3 cups shredded mexican blend cheese

12 oz. Mexican chorizo

1/2 cup minced onion

4 Tbsp whole wheat flour

2 tsp lime juice

3 Tbsp breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp butter

Directions:

Mix the cornstarch with the shredded cheese in a bowl and set aside (the cornstarch will help prevent the cheese sauce from being too stringy)….

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Put the half & half in a small saucepan and heat until steamy. Keep warm while you prepare the recipe…DO NOT BOIL….

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Cook noodles according to package directions (I cooked mine to al dente-cooked but still firm to the bite). While the noodles are cooking, prepare the chorizo cheese sauce. Remove chorizo from its casing and add the onions, put into a medium-thick bottomed saucepan on medium-high heat. When the chorizo begins to sizzle, reduce the heat to medium….

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Cook the chorizo, stirring often…about 10 minutes…..

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When the noodles are cooked, drain and set aside. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees and spray an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and make sure to check on your half & half in the saucepan….NO BOILING ALLOWED 🙂

Add the flour to the pot with the chorizo and mix well…..
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Everything WILL clump up so reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan for about 2 minutes. Add the hot half & half 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly…..

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When all the half & half has been added, heat the mixture to a gentle simmer and cook fo 2 minutes, meanwhile add the lime juice. Mix the shredded cheese into the chorizo/half & half sauce and stir until melted…..

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Next, add cooked noodles to the mixture and stir until well combined….

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Pour the mixture into a baking dish…..

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Make sure the top is level and dust the top with breadcrumbs and then “dot” the butter sporadically over the breadcrumbs….

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Bake until the breadcrumbs are golden (I also spread a little bit of shredded cheese over the top of the breadcrumbs).

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Original Recipe:

2 cups elbow macaroni

1 cup milk

1 tsp cornstarch

4 oz (1 cup) of shredded cheddar cheese

4 oz (1 cup) of shredded pepper jack cheese

6 oz Mexican chorizo

1/2 cup minced red onion

2 Tbsp flour

2 tsp lime juice

2 Tbsp breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp butter (cut up)

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