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Jalapeño-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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Makes 4 servings
45 minutes

Ingredients

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 chedar cheese

2 avocados

Directions

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.

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