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

    Chorizo mac and cheese is a fun spin on the classic mac and cheese. 
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 -3
    Calories: 1290kcal
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    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

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Add chorizo and bell peppers back in, toss to incorporate.
    • Carefully add the pasta into the cheese sauce mixture and stir to incorporate everything evenly.
    • Divide into bowls and serve.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Chorizo Mac and Cheese
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 1290 Calories from Fat 702
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 78g120%
    Carbohydrates 85g28%
    Fiber 5g20%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 67g134%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

     

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  • Rachel Cooks says:

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

  • Jenny Flake says:

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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? ;)

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Love the addition of spicy chorizo to mac n cheese!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    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.

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

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

  • nicole @ I am a Honey Bee says:

    this looks mouth watering!

  • Heather Christo says:

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

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

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

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    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!

  • Naomi says:

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

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

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

  • Kristin says:

    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!

  • marla says:

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

  • Maria says:

    Caleb loves Mac and Cheese… this looks delicious!

  • Rachel from Rose Tinted Home says:

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

    xo Rachel

  • Jess says:

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

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

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

  • Gaby says:

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

  • bev @ bevcooks says:

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

    (sorry for all the yelling)

  • KB says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Mexican

  • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes says:

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

  • My Linh says:

    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!

  • Tina | My Life as a Mrs says:

    YES. just YES.

  • Stephanie says:

    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!

  • Susan says:

    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!

  • Julie says:

    We aren’t meat eaters. Could I use soyrizo.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Sure

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