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Chorizo Mac and Cheese

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Chorizo mac and cheese is a fun spin on the classic mac and cheese. The spiciness of the chorizo mixed in with the creamy cheese is pasta perfection!

This past weekend we headed down South to Louisiana to celebrate our niece’s 4th birthday. I could live in the South all winter! They had the most amazing weather this weekend. Mid-70’s and abundant sunshine. The birthday party had about 20 kids (omg that was insane, haha I’ve never experienced that before; something to look forward to, right?) and they were all running around in the yard with a t-shirt and jeans. So nice! At the opposite end of the spectrum, in the DC-area, we were bombed with a snow storm. I think we got around 10-11 inches? I’m not quite sure but everyone was like, ‘omg the roads are so bad’ and when I looked up our area on Google maps, there were SOO many accidents and the roads were all colored red. We definitely lucked out.

But now we’re back and dreaming of their warm weather. Now it makes me long for Spring even more! Lucky me, though, I’m heading down to Florida and The Caribbean later this week so I don’t have to long for warm weather too much longer ;)

Chorizo mac and cheese is a fun spin on the classic mac and cheese. The spiciness of the chorizo mixed in with the creamy cheese is pasta perfection!

I love cooking with chorizo. I just love the spice and the flavors that are packed up into the sausage. There are so many dishes on this blog that I’ve made with chorizo. I think it’s my favorite mixture of meat.

This recipe was basically a ‘what do I have in the fridge and pantry that I can throw in a dish?’ kind of dinner. I had halves of everything because of recipe development for the cookbook so this chorizo mac and cheese worked out perfectly that the serving size is for two. Spicy, creamy, cheesy, and so full of flavor! You’ll love this for any day of the week! :)

Chorizo mac and cheese is a fun spin on the classic mac and cheese. The spiciness of the chorizo mixed in with the creamy cheese is pasta perfection!

 

Chorizo mac and cheese is a fun spin on the classic mac and cheese. The spiciness of the chorizo mixed in with the creamy cheese is pasta perfection!
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Chorizo Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Chorizo mac and cheese is a fun spin on the classic mac and cheese. 

Servings: 2 -3
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups dried cavatappi or any swirled pasta
  • 3/4 pounds fresh chorizo sausage, casings removed
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups freshly grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain when pasta is done cooking.
  2. In a large skillet, brown chorizo over medium-high heat and break it up into pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add green bell pepper and cook until softened. Place chorizo and bell peppers into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Return skillet to medium-high heat and melt butter. Whisk in the flour and cook it for about 30 seconds to cook off the raw flour taste. Add the milk and let thicken, about 3-4 minutes. Add the cheese and salt and stir until all the cheese has melted. Remove from heat.
  4. Add chorizo and bell peppers back in, toss to incorporate.
  5. Carefully add the pasta into the cheese sauce mixture and stir to incorporate everything evenly.
  6. Divide into bowls and serve.

 

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Posted on February 23, 2015

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  1. 02/23/2015 at 7:37 am

    I’m ready for warm weather too — sooo ready! I think I’ll drown my sorrows in this mac. ;)

  2. 02/23/2015 at 7:48 am

    Now this is my kind of mac and cheese! Love!!!

  3. 02/23/2015 at 7:59 am

    Spicy, creamy, cheesy – I’m in!! I’m seriously jealous of your upcoming travel plans. Send some of that warmth up north when you’re done with it k? ;)

  4. 02/23/2015 at 8:34 am

    Love the addition of spicy chorizo to mac n cheese!

  5. 02/23/2015 at 9:19 am

    we have icy storm today which means work from home! i could totally get on a mac n cheese train right now. your pictures are making me droooool.

  6. 02/23/2015 at 9:32 am

    The chorizo mixed in with that mac is absolutely fantastic! I want a bowl for breakfast.

  7. 02/23/2015 at 9:36 am

    this looks mouth watering!

  8. 02/23/2015 at 9:43 am

    You get your winter snow fix now! this looks like serious comfort food!

  9. 02/23/2015 at 9:44 am

    Two of my favorite things!! Definitely trying this week!

  10. 02/23/2015 at 9:50 am

    Spicy, creamy and cheesy with chorizo is my kind of mac and cheese, Julie! Thank you for sharing and have a fabulous trip to Florida and The Caribbean!

  11. 02/23/2015 at 10:43 am

    Oh where is my fork- I want a huge bowl of this!

  12. 02/23/2015 at 1:06 pm

    I just drooled a little. Yup, it’s true.

  13. 02/23/2015 at 1:50 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe I never thought to put chorizo in my mac n cheese before. I am definitely going to be making this only with soy chorizo instead. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. 02/23/2015 at 1:51 pm

    The addition of chorizo puts this mac over the top!!

  15. 02/23/2015 at 1:54 pm

    Caleb loves Mac and Cheese… this looks delicious!

  16. 02/23/2015 at 4:23 pm

    This looks fantastic! The perfect winter comfort food – with a kick! Think it will freeze?

    xo Rachel

  17. 02/23/2015 at 4:39 pm

    Brilliant twist on a classic! I love the idea of using sausage in mac & cheese, can’t wait to give this a try!

  18. 02/23/2015 at 5:39 pm

    THIIIIIS. <3 I need this mac and cheese in my life immediately.

  19. 02/23/2015 at 7:11 pm

    This looks so cheesy and yummy! Love that you added chorizo!

  20. 02/24/2015 at 9:15 am

    SOOO EASY and omg are you even joking with that chorizo? I hope not. Cuz I’mONEGITINTHAT.

    (sorry for all the yelling)

  21. KB
    02/25/2015 at 4:41 pm

    Hate to sound dumb, but are you using Italian or Mexican Chorizo???

    • Julie
      02/26/2015 at 7:44 am

      Mexican

  22. 02/26/2015 at 10:37 am

    oh my goodness Julie, my husband would LOVE this recipe! pinning for dinner next week! xx

  23. 02/27/2015 at 7:37 am

    Yum, just drooled ♥_♥ Love these kinds of easy but flavorfull dishes. Makes life so much easier ;) I have some Italian Chorizo in the pantry. Definitely making this ^^ Thank you for sharing!

  24. 03/05/2015 at 10:42 am

    YES. just YES.

  25. 04/09/2015 at 11:19 pm

    I know I’m a few months behind, but after having some 70ish degree weather, the temperature dropped and we actually had snow yesterday! It’s April!!! Whyyyy?! Hope you guys are having much better weather these days!

  26. Susan
    11/07/2016 at 10:35 am

    I made this yesterday for a Mac and Cheese Cook-Off at a local social club.

    1. It was delicious. I doubled the recipe and since I had to keep it warm in a slow cooker, I made extra cheese sauce to keep it saucy.
    2. I won the People’s Choice award :).

    This is a great recipe and I will be making this again and again!

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