Fiesta Mac and Cheese
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total Prep: 40 minutes
1/2 pound macaroni noodles
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup green peppers, diced
10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilis
1/2 cup sour cream
Tortilla chips for garnish
Heat oven to 325F. Grease a 3 quart baking dish.
In a saucepan, bring water to boil. Add pasta and salt. Cook until al dente and drain.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
Stir with a whisk until the flour turns a golden brown, approximately 1-2 minutes.
Add the milk and continue to whisk, removing any lumps.
Add salt and pepper.
Cook over medium heat until sauce thickens and begins to bubble.
Add cheese, reserving 1/4 cup. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
Add cooked pasta, corn, peppers and diced tomatoes.
Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake 20-25 minutes or until browned.
Top with remaining cheese and broil 1-2 minutes to brown. Watch closely so as not to burn the cheese.
Garnish with sour cream and tortilla chips.
Michele S. – North Dakota
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