Hearty Mac And Cheese

This spicy mac and cheese is a must-try for those who like their food with a little kick. The perfect blend of creaminess and spice, this hearty mac and cheese will always hit the spot.
20 min
25 min

Servings: 8


  • 4 cups elbow macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup Cholula® Original Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup grated Fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 Cook macaroni as directed on package for al denta pasta. Drain well. Toss with 2 tablespoons of the butter; set aside.
  • 2 Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter; set aside.
  • 3 Place milk in medium saucepan. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, thyme and mustard. Heat on medium-low heat until the milk starts to steam, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • 4 Melt 2 tablespoons butter on medium heat in separate large saucepan. Sprinkle in flour. Cook and stir 2 - 3 minutes, just until well blended and bubbly.
  • 5 Strain milk mixture through fine sieve into large saucepan with flour mixture, whisking constantly to break up any lumps. Stir in Original Hot Sauce. Cook, stirring frequently 5 minutes or until mixutre is thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in half of the cheeses until melted and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add macaroni and all but 1 cup of the remaining cheese, stirring to mix. Trtanfer to prepared baking dish.
  • 6 Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese evenly over top. Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is lightly browned. Serve with additonal Hot Sauce, if desired.
  • 7 Adapted from Recipe by Chef Albert Ngo, Delaware North Sportservice at Red Bull Arena.

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