Baked Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Baked Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Baked Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Baked Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow pasta
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 chipotle chile
  • 1 in adobo
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 clove garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 cups cheese (shredded, a mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack)
  • 1/4 cup cotija (crumbled, optional, but delicious!)
  • 4 pieces cooked bacon (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9-inch cast-iron skillet or a 9-inch square or round baking pan with the butter. Add the dry pasta.
  3. In a blender, mix together the milk, cottage cheese, chipotle chile, mustard powder, garlic, cumin, salt and black pepper until it’s smooth. Pour mixture over dry pasta and stir until sauce is evenly distributed.
  4. Stir in two cups of the shredded cheese, cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and stir the macaroni and cheese a couple of times. Top with the remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese and chopped bacon and cook for another 25 minutes uncovered or until brown and bubbling.
  6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cotija and serve.

 

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