Jalapeņo-Avocado Mac and Cheese
Jalapeño-Avocado Mac and Cheese
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

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4 servings

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

2 avocados

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.

1,085 calories

55g fat

108g carbs

42g protein

11g sugars

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