Friday, November 18, 2011

Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese: Thanksgiving Feast 2011

I found this recipe way before my blogging days, I was doing a facebook page called "Cooking Everyday for a Year and Sharing My Recipes". That one year adventure lead me to so many new recipes, it was so much fun and it's what ultimately lead me to start this blog. During that time we were on a quest to find a perfect Macaroni & Cheese recipe that my family loved, this however is NOT that recipe (I still have to share our FAVORITE-FAVORITE Macaroni & Cheese recipe made from scratch) This recipe came as just an added bonus  that we found along the way. It's so different and it has an awesome KICK, so make sure you like spicy. If you love Pepper Jack Cheese then this is for you (just FYI the kids usually don't like it much). This can be the adult macaroni & cheese and you may need to make a separate dish for the kiddo's (try this Easy Macaroni & Cheese we served last year for Thanksgiving). And can you believe this cute little "Turkey" pasta I found. We have a World Market that always has unique pasta, but you can sometimes find it in grocery stores and other specialty stores. It's so fun to use!

Thanksgiving Feast
Turkey with Apples & Butter
Olive Garden Bread Sticks; Copycat Recipe
Pepper Jack Macaroni & Cheese
Crash Hot Potatoes from Pioneer Woman
Grandma's Baked Corn Casserole
Cranberry & Sausage Stuffing
Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce from Pioneer Woman
Grandma's Pumpkin Bars

Pepper Jack Macaroni & Cheese
recipe source unknown

2 cups elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups Pepper Jack Cheese, divided
1 can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
1/3 tsp black pepper
1/2 cups broken tortilla chips
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a casserole dish. Cook macaroni in a large sauce pan according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to saucepan. Add cheddar cheese, 1-1/2 cups pepper jack cheese, evaporated milk and black pepper. Stir until melted and combined. Pour into baking dish. Combine remaining 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, tortilla chips and red pepper flakes in a small bowl and sprinkle over top. Cover tightly with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes covered, uncover and bake for additional 10 minutes until lightly browned.


  1. I love World Market's fun shaped pasta. I have to get my hands on a bag of the turkeys. Haha! So much fun for my little man. This mac n' cheese sounds and looks so delicious. Yummy!

  2. I love pepper jack cheese! I can't wait to make this...thanks :)


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