Cajun mac and cheese

Heather Disarro

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Cajun spices bring an already delicious macaroni and cheese meal to the next level. Crunchy breadcrumbs adorn the top, and no one will be able to say no!

cajun skillet mac and cheese

Cajun mac and cheese

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound small shell pasta
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 12 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the broiler. Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large pot boil the shell pasta according to the package instructions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large sauté pan heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Sauté the onion and pepper together until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning blend, the cayenne pepper hot sauce, the evaporated milk and the fire-roasted tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  6. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 3-4 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  7. Meanwhile melt the butter and toss it with the breadcrumbs and the remaining Cajun seasoning.
  8. Remove the onion mixture from the heat and stir in the Velveeta until melted and smooth.
  9. Stir in the cooked pasta until everything is incorporated.
  10. Pour the mac and cheese into the prepared baking dish. Top with the butter/breadcrumb mixture.
  11. Broil until golden brown on top.
  12. Serve hot.

More delicious Cajun recipes

Cajun dipping sauce
Cajun bean soup
Salmon salad Cajun style

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.