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Down Home Queso & Pepper Macaroni & Cheese
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Down Home Queso & Pepper Macaroni & Cheese

35 Min(s)
15 Min(s) Prep
20 Min(s) Cook
Healthy Living
Transform your traditional mac and cheese with this recipe! Our Down Home Queso & Pepper Macaroni & Cheese will blow your cheese-craving mind.
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8 servings
Original recipe yields 8 servings
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup flour
2 cups fat-free milk
1/4 lb. (4 oz.) Queso Blanco VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 pkg. (7 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style 2% Milk Finely Shredded Four Cheese, divided
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked
1 pkg. (14 oz.) frozen bell pepper and onion strips, thawed, drained
2 Tbsp. crushed tortilla chips
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Let's Make It
1
Heat oven to 350°F.
2
Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add jalapeño peppers; cook and stir 1 min. Add flour; mix well. Cook 1 min. or until bubbly, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil on medium heat, stirring constantly, cook 1 min. or until thickened. Add VELVEETA and 1-1/4 cups shredded cheese; cook until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni. Add bell pepper and onion strips; mix lightly.
3
Pour into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and crushed chips.
4
Bake 20 min. or until heated through.
Kitchen Tips
Tip 1
How to Handle Fresh Chile Peppers
When handling fresh chile peppers, be sure to wear disposable rubber or clear plastic gloves to avoid irritating your skin. Never touch your eyes, nose or mouth when handling the peppers. If you've forgotten to wear the gloves and feel a burning sensation in your hands, apply a baking soda and water paste to the affected area. After rinsing the paste off, you should feel some relief.
Tip 2
Kitchen Tip
The seeds and membranes of the jalapeño pepper add heat. For less heat, remove seeds and membranes before chopping. For more heat, chop pepper with seeds and membranes.
Nutrition
Calories
280
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
12%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
8%
Sodium 450mg
20%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
12%
Dietary Fibers 2g
7%
Sugars 6g
12%
Protein 15g
30%
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
50%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
8 servings
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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