Salsa Verde Mac-n-Cheese (two ways)

I gave this creamy macaroni and cheese a spicy spin by adding salsa verde to the cheese sauce.   Layer Salsa Verde Mac-n-Cheese with taco meat and sweet corn for a spicy Tex-Mex spin on shepherds pie!

Salsa Verde Mac-n-Cheese (two ways)This dish is pure comfort food.  I love cheese.  I love Mexican food.  Cheesy Mexican food, yes please and then some more thank you!

Salsa Verde Mac-n-CheeseMacaroni and cheese is a piece of Americana.  Simple.  Indulgent.  Versatile.   Although it’s simple there are a few rules you must follow for the perfect macaroni and cheese.

1. Use real butter, not oil, or margarine (get oughtahere), and no you can’t skip the buttah!

2. The type of macaroni or noodle you choose is important.  The noodle must have a generous pocket for the cheese sauce to flow into.  The noodle also needs to have ridges for the sauce to grab on.  Pockets and ridges are friends of the sauce.  Honestly the Kraft macaroni and cheese noodles are the worst possible noodles for mac-n-cheese.  I prefer large shells, or jumbo ridged elbow macaroni noodles, as seen above.

3. Cheese.  Lots of cheese.  Do not skimp on the cheese.  Use more than one type of cheese for depth of cheese. Depth of cheese is good.  Very. Very. Good.  Cheddar, gouda, Monterey jack, colby jack, colby, goat cheese, cream cheese, blue cheese, Swiss, mozzarella, ricotta, all good mac-n-cheese cheeses.  Did I miss any?

4. Back to the noodles.  DO NOT.  I repeat DO NOT over cook the noodles.  If anything under cook them.  once you add the cheese sauce and bake  they will finish cooking.  Ugh worst thing ever is mushy noodles with cheese sauced.  Where am I….the Ponderosa smorgasbord?

As you can see I got sassy with my sauce and added some onion, and peppers.  Don’t be afraid to get creative as long as you follow the four rules above.

Salsa Verde Mac-n-Cheese#1 Salsa verde mac-n-cheese puts a  spicy spin on a favorite side dish for dinner or  your next potluck gathering!


Salsa Verde Mac-n-Cheese (two ways)#2 Need a meal not a side dish?  Are you sitting down?  Because this recipe is gonna knock-yo-sock off…possibley even both yo-sock!   Are you ready….here it is.  Taco meat, sweet corn, topped with salsa verde mac-n-cheese, baked until bubbly.  Step aside ordinary macaroni and cheese!  I love shepherds pie, and I love Mexican food…well and macaroni and cheese is also one of my top comfort food picks.  See where I’m going with this?  It’s a trifecta people!!

One freakin’ scrumptious trifecta.

And that’s all I got ta say bout that.

Here’s the recipe.  I hope you enjoy and share, this ones definitely worth sharing!!








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There are Prizes!  All who share have a chance to WIN!!  List of prizes is as follows:  Door to Door Organics Gift Cards, OXO Gift Baskets, Zak Designs Prize Pack, a year’s supply of Cabot cheese, a Vermont Creamery gift basket, a risotto kit from Marx Foods, Barilla pasta, Anolon Advanced Bronze 4.5 Qt. Tapered Stockpot, Rachael Ray Stoneware Casseroval, Wusthof CLASSIC Studio Block Set, Microplane Graters and Kitchen Tools, a SavorX Starter Block with spices and Le Cordon Bleu by Swissmar oven to table roasters. 

For all the details on how to win this endless list of prizes be sure to visit Nutmeg Nanny and Rachel Cooks!  All giveaways open to US residents over the age of 18 only.  Mac and Cheese Mania is being sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO.

I almost forgot to tell you….you DON’T WANT TO MISS Rachels Mac-n-Chees Mania Pinterest Board!  It’s full of insanely indulgent cheesy dishes!


Salsa Verde Mac-n-Cheese (two ways)


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  1. 1

    What a cool idea to serve it like shepherd’s pie! Will definitely have to try that technique!
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  2. 2

    Oh hot day-um! I love both versions but that second one is calling my name!
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  3. 3

    You will have to pry me away from this bowl of mac!! YUM!
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  4. 4

    I wish I could dig into this right now. It looks seriously scrumptious.
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  5. 5

    Love the peppers and spicy twist. Definitely would be a hit at our house!
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