Smokin' Mac 'n' Cheese
This macaroni and cheese gets its name from chipotle chiles in adobo sauce.
Why This Recipe Works
This Smokin’ Mac ’n’ Cheese casserole, a runner-up in our Pasta Casseroles contest, is a fiery rendition of the classic comfort food. Spicy chipotles and sliced green chiles lend a good deal of heat, which cuts through and accents the cheesy, rich sauce. We thickened the sauce with roux, a flour and butter mixture, which helps keep the cheese from “breaking," or the oil leaching out of the sauce. Combining Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese gave us the creamiest texture and richest flavor. Smoky-tasting chipotle chiles add both spiciness and a rich flavor to the casserole.