Our Southwestern riff on mac and cheese turns up the volume with fiery jalapenos and sweet corn kernels. The pasta's cooked right in the sauce, so it couldn't be simpler. Be sure to try all our delectable variations next: Classic Mac, Mushroom-Fontina Mac, and Bacon Mac.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat broiler. In a large straight-sided, oven-safe skillet, melt butter. Remove 1 tablespoon butter and combine with breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

  • Add jalapenos and scallions to skillet and cook until softened. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Very gradually whisk in milk and bring to a simmer. Add macaroni and cook, stirring constantly and scraping bottom of pan, until tender, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in remaining cheese and the corn, and season with salt and pepper. Top with breadcrumb mixture and broil until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

Reviews (2)

37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious! The jalapenos, corn and scallions were excellent additions. I had no problem with the pasta cooking (it took five minutes for al dente), but my sauce was closer to boiling than simmering, as the recipe stated.
Rating: 1 stars
I am a very experienced cook and, after reading this recipe, I should have known better. Instead of simmering and stirring for six minutes, I simmered and stirred, adding additional milk, for 40 minutes. The macaroni simply refused to cook. And the end result was completely unimpressive even though I used excellent quality cheeses. This experience ruined dinner for us and exhausted me. Do NOT try this at home!!!