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Chorizo Mac and Cheese

Add smoky chorizo to your mac and cheese, for a Spanish style twist on this family favourite pasta dish. This chorizo mac and cheese is pure comfort food and I guarantee everyone will love it!
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword macaroni cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 881kcal
Author Beth Sachs

Ingredients

For the pasta and cheese sauce

  • 50 g Butter
  • 175 g Chorizo sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 50 g Plain Flour
  • 600 ml Milk
  • 200 g Extra Mature Cheddar grated
  • 100 g Block Mozzarella grated
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 250 g Macaroni

For the topping

  • 25 g Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon Parmesan grated

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°Fan / Gas Mark 4).
  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the macaroni according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile in another large pan, melt the butter over a medium heat.
  • Add the chorizo and garlic and fry for a minute to release the chorizo oils.
  • Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring all the time.
  • Gradually add the milk, turn up the heat and whisk until the sauce thickens. It should coat the back of a spoon. This usually takes a couple of minutes.
  • Take the sauce off the heat and add the grated cheddar, mozzarella, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and Dijon mustard. Stir until the cheese melts into the sauce.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce, mix together, and spoon into an ovenproof dish.
  • Sprinkle over the panko breadcrumbs and parmesan, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden and bubbling.

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Notes

Variations: You could add any of the following to the macaroni cheese;
  • Cooked Bacon
  • Sweetcorn
  • Cooked Broccoli
  • Cooked Cauliflower
  • Cooked Sweet Potato
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Blue Cheese
  • Olives
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Spinach
 
Nutrition: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
 
Nutrition Facts
Chorizo Mac and Cheese
Amount per Serving
Calories
881
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
45
g
69
%
Saturated Fat
 
22
g
138
%
Cholesterol
 
116
mg
39
%
Sodium
 
1160
mg
50
%
Potassium
 
451
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
73
g
24
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
44
g
88
%
Vitamin A
 
1387
IU
28
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
726
mg
73
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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