Spicy Macaroni Cheese

    1 hour 30 min

    This macaroni cheese is not only cheesy, but also slightly smoky and spicy. It's absolutely delicious. Macaroni is topped with a cheese sauce then baked to perfection.

    76 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 450g dry macaroni
    • 750ml full fat milk
    • 115g butter
    • 80g onion, finely chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 3 chipotle chillies in adobo sauce, finely chopped
    • 6 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 340g extra-mature Cheddar cheese, grated

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni and return to the boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    3. Spray a 23x33cm or similar sized baking dish with cooking spray and place the macaroni into the bottom of the dish. Heat milk in a saucepan until hot but not boiling.
    4. Melt butter in a saucepan and cook and stir the onion, garlic and chipotle chillies until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Whisk in flour, 1 tablespoon at a time and let cook for about 3 minutes, whisking constantly to avoid burning. Whisk in the hot milk, 125ml at a time and stir in paprika, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer (do not boil), whisking constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cheese, about 50g at a time and stir until it has melted and the sauce is thick and smooth.
    5. Pour the sauce over the macaroni in the baking dish and stir gently to combine. Cover the dish with foil.
    6. Bake covered until the dish is bubbling and the macaroni has absorbed some of the sauce, about 40 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden brown on the edges, 10 to 15 more minutes.


    Tinned chipotle chillies in adobo sauce can be purchased online.

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    Yummy! I used the three chipotles, but it may be to hot for the spicy "novice" wonderful!!!  -  11 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Completely satisfied! Fairly easy to prepare, even with a 12 month old at my feet. Super tasty and has a nice kick! I didn't change a thing on the recipe. Just used the 3 biggest peppers I could find in the jar and there was plenty of heat. Nice and moist too, not dry at all like some baked mac and cheese recipes I've tried.  -  10 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a fantastic recipe. I jazzed it up just a bit by tossing some panko bread crumbs mixed with melted butter on the top and baking it for 30 minutes until it formed a crust. The mac and cheese had the right amount of spiciness to it as well.  -  14 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)