Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese with Adobo Meatballs

Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese with Adobo Meatballs A smooth and surprising macaroni and cheese recipe with savory Mexican meatballs that will make you say ‘Ole! Gimme more!’

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 25 mins

    COOK : 40 mins

    TOTAL : 1 hr 5 mins

    SERVING : 8

    YIELD : 8 servings

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • In a large bowl, mix ground beef with adobo seasoning and powdered jalapeno pepper. Roll into small, 1 inch meatballs. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs, and cook until browned on all sides, then remove to drain on a paper towel-lined plate. The meatballs do not need to be thoroughly cooked at this point as they will finish cooking in the oven.

  • While the meatballs are cooking, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Gently cook the butter until it begins to brown, and acquires a nutty fragrance, about 1 minute. Stir in the cream, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, cotija cheese, garlic powder, and cilantro. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until the cheese has melted. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.

  • Stir the cooked macaroni and diced chiles into the cheese sauce, and pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Slice the meatballs in half, and place onto the pasta cut-side down.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the cheese sauce is bubbly, and the meatballs are no longer pink in the center, about 25 minutes.

Per Serving: 589 calories; protein 35.7g; carbohydrates 29.2g; fat 36.4g; cholesterol 120.8mg; sodium 914.5mg.