Everyone loves mac and cheese. Everyone. So how can you take this comfort food to the next level? Add a few choice ingredients, like we do in this recipe for jalapeño-avocado mac and cheese.
1 pound gemelli pasta
2 cups whole milk
One 4-ounce can green chiles
⅓ cup pickled jalapeños, drained
1 bunch green onions, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine the whole milk with the green chiles, pickled jalapeños, green onions and garlic powder. Pulse until smooth.
3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the all-purpose flour; cook 2 minutes more. Add the milk mixture, whisking until it comes to a simmer. Add the cheddar cheese; stir until melted.
4. Mash the avocados coarsely and add to the sauce, along with the cooked pasta. Stir to coat in the sauce. Serve immediately.