Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food for many of us and it’s easy to make, too. Though you probably have your favorite go-to recipe, mac and cheese can tolerate a lot of variation, even incorporating some surprising ingredients, like avocados.
First things first: This is a from-scratch recipe. Don’t worry, you’ve got this! With the addition of avocados and a few quick tweaks, you’ll have a new dinner dish in no time flat.
Avo-licious 2 Ways!
In all cases, you’ll need to cook your choice of pasta according to package instructions and set it aside. For this recipe, you can amp up the fun for kids of all ages by using wagon wheel pasta. Separately, you’ll blend some avocado and peas for a vibrant green, adding the bright flavor of lemon juice and some sharp cheddar cheese. A dribble of warm milk will allow you to loosen up this mixture without losing the dairy goodness that is so important for classic mac and cheese. Simply stir the cooked pasta into your gorgeous, green-hued sauce, and top with a diced, half avocado for some visual and textural interest. Dig in for a delicious comfort meal.
Variety, the Spice of Life
Adding spice and flavor to your cheesy mix elevates the satisfaction that you get out of each gooey bite. First, blend some milk, garlic powder, jalapeños and green onions in a food processor. Melt some butter in a skillet and then add some flour, which you’ll need for thickening. Pour in your milk mixture and add deliciously sharp shredded cheddar. Once your sauce is nice and cheesy, mash some avocado into the sauce before tossing the pasta in and letting the flavor transformation take place.
Of course, going Mexican can be about a lot more than jalapeños. While you can absolutely keep the jalapeño, you can also substitute it with Anaheim peppers, chile flakes, chile powder (for added smokiness) or any combination of the bunch if you like it hot! Play with texture and flavor by adding some corn kernels and tomatoes, then throw in some oregano and cumin and you’ll get savory and earthy notes to complement the cheesy comfort of your homemade mac and cheese.