Chipotle Mac and Cheese

Makes: 12 servings. Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: about 20 minutes. Bake: at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Chipotle Mac and Cheese
Servings: 12 Prep 15 mins Bake 30 mins Cook 350°F 20 mins Stand 10 mins


  • 1 pound medium-size pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 3/4 teaspoon Chipotle Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 8 ounce package shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 8 ounce package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1 pound ham steak, trimmed of excess fat and meat cut into 1/4-inch dice

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Cook shells in lightly salted boiling water for 13 minutes, following package directions. Drain.

3. In large heavy-bottomed saucepan (not nonstick), melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until well blended; cook for 1 minute. Whisk in 1 cup half-and-half; cook, whisking continuously, until very smooth. Whisk in remaining 1 cup half-and-half; continue to cook, whisking until thickened and smooth, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in Chipotle Seasoning, salt, 1 cup of Jack cheese and 1 cup of cheddar cheese until smooth.

4. Stir ham and cheese sauce into pasta. Spoon into prepared dish. Top with remaining cheeses.

5. Bake in 350 degrees F oven until bubbly and lightly golden on top, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven to rack; let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 348, Fat, total (g): 19, chol. (mg): 64, sat. fat (g): 11, carb. (g): 28, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 16, sodium (mg): 401, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.