Jalapeño-Avocado Mac and Cheese

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jalapeno avocado mac and cheese recipe
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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

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.

Nutrition Facts
  • 1,085 calories

  • 55g fat

  • 108g carbs

  • 42g protein

  • 11g sugars

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