This mega creamy Lightened Up Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese is crazy flavorful infused with salsa verde, pepper jack and sharp cheddar and super easy to make! I’ve also included the option to add chicken, corn and zucchini for a complete meal all in one and on your table in under 30 minutes!
Happy National Pasta Day! Today I’m celebrating with this ridiculously delicious Lightened Up Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese because Mexican food + creamy pasta = my dreams come true. And hopefully yours too!
And I have another way for your dreams to come true – I’ve teamed up with Lagostina for a chance to win a Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Pastaiola with a retail value of $249.99 that can be yours for free! (giveaway details below).
I love how hassle free Lagostina’s professional-quality pastaiola makes cooking pasta plus the hammered copper exterior is gorgeous! The pastaiola is fitted with a perforated insert with holes so you can boil and drain the noodles in efficient succession OR you can use the pot on its own to simmer pasta sauce. The Pastaiola is also great for stocks, seafood boils and blanching vegetables.
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I of course, used my Lagostina Pastaiola to cook and easily drain my pasta – no transferring pasta to a strainer! Meanwhile, it was velvety Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Sauce making time.
I chose to make this Mac and Cheese a meal in one with the addition of chicken, zucchini and corn that sauté for a couple minutes with some salt and pepper. You can certainly leave the chicken and veggies out or swap out the veggies for whatever you have on hand. Ground beef would also be divine instead of chicken in this Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese.
The lightened up Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Sauce – that tastes anything but light – has only 2 tablespoons of butter and no heavy cream so you can feel a little less guilty about eating half the pan. And I ate almost half the pan.
The sauce has a nice kick thanks to the salsa verde and the pepper jack cheese, but shouldn’t be overly spicy for your kiddos. I add ancho chili pepper for even more of a kick and my husband loaded it with hot sauce but I recommend tasting the sauce before adding and heat because even without extra heat its packed with fiestalicious flavor!
To make the quick homemade cheese sauce, simply melt your butter in some olive oil and whisk in some flour, cook for 2 minutes then stir in your salsa verde, milk and evaporated milk. The evaporated milk helps create an incredibly silky sauce that’s not only lighter but doesn’t separate or curdle. I used evaporated milk in my Million Dollar Mac & Cheese Sauce and I mow am a total believer.
Next, stir in your Cheeses and your optional chicken and veggies and silkilicoius Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese is served!
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I was not compensated for this post, however, Lagostina provided me with a complimentary Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Pastaiola to experience their product. I am under no contractual or other obligation to provide a favorable opinion. I love Lagostina and am honored to share my experience with you!
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