Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese
If you want to try a different take on easy macaroni and cheese recipes, you'll want to try this Southwestern macaroni and cheese idea. Macaroni and cheese is always a favorite with the kids, and this quick pasta recipe idea is sure to be one you try again. This easy dinner idea for macaroni and cheese is comfort food at it's best, with plenty of cheese and pasta to hit the spot. This easy dinner idea changes up the recipe just a bit, to make this classic recipe idea fresh and a recipe the whole family will love. This is just one of the easy dinner ideas you will find on the Grandmother's Kitchen recipe site. On the site, you will find plenty of recipes from main dish ideas, side dish recipes, desserts, breakfast recipe ideas, drink recipes and so much more. All of the recipes are printable so you can add them to your collection of recipe favorites. **
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1 (7oz) package pasta (your choice of shape)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 chicken breasts, deboned and deskinned, cut into small pieces
1/2 red pepper, chopped
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/8 teaspoon (or to taste) cayenne pepper
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, (peas & beans or your choice)
1 1/2 cups shredded white cheese, divided (mozzarella or white cheddar or a combination)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
To cook pasta, fill a medium size pot 2/3 of the way with hot tap water. Add 1 teaspoon salt to the water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and stir with a wooden spoon to be sure noodles don't stick to the bottom of the pot.
Always make sure there is lots of water in the pot when cooking any pasta so the pasta has room to roll around while it is cooking.
Turn the heat down, enough to maintain a boil and stir every so often to prevent noodles sticking. Do not cover the pot. After 8-10 minutes, take a piece of pasta out of the water, allow it to cool and do a test for doneness.
Bite into the pasta. If it is too hard to bite or you see a white center, it needs to cook a little longer. When it cooks all the way through it is ready and cooked el dente.
Put the pasta into a strainer. Shake out excess water and put the pot back onto a cool part of the stove.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Grease either 4 ramekins or 1 larger baking dish.
Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large frying pan.
Add the onions and cook for a few minutes until tender over medium heat.
Add the chopped chicken pieces and cook until no longer pink. (about 10 minutes)
Add the chopped red pepper pieces and cook for 2 minutes.
In a separate pot, melt the butter.
Add the flour and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes stirring to heat the flour and combine into the butter.
Add the milk and the tomato paste and use a whisk to stir in and combine. Cook stirring as needed until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Stir in the oregano and cayenne pepper. Stir in 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese. Do a taste test and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in the frozen vegetables. Shut off.
Stir the creamy sauce into the chicken mixture and combine gently.
Transfer the mixture into individual ramekins or you can transfer into one baking dish.
Scatter the cheese evenly on the top(s).
Place into the preheated oven and cook for 10-15 minutes until heated through and the cheese has melted.
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Nutrition Facts for: Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Pasta, olive oil, onion, chicken breasts, red pepper, butter, all purpose flour, milk, tomato paste, oregano leaves, cayenne pepper, frozen vegetables, cheese, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings. * Per serving: Calories 614, Calories from Fat 293, Total Fat 32.6g 50%, Saturated Fat 17.1g 86%, Cholesterol 149mg 50%, Sodium 733mg 31%, Potassium 505mg 14%, Carbohydrates 46.2g 15%, Dietary Fiber 3.2g 13%, Sugars 7.8g, Protein 34.1g, Vitamin A 67%, Vitamin C 38%, Calcium 45%, Iron 20%
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