Zesty White Mac and Cheese

Zesty Macaroni and Cheese made with sharp white cheese creamy sauce, some added zest from chipotle and red  pepper spice and baked to perfection!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword mac and cheese


  • 1/2 cup diced shallots
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle pepper spice
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes of you like more spice, you can add more but be careful
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 6 oz sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz aged sharp Provolone cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • 10 oz dry Trottole pasta or pasta of your choosing


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package.
  2. In a medium pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add diced shallots and cook until transparent. Add minced (or grated) garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Mix flour, chipotle pepper spice and red pepper flakes together. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the onions. Using a silicone covered whisk, start stirring and slowly add the milk. Keep whisking while adding the milk.
  4. Cook on medium heat until starts to thicken.
  5. Grate in the cheeses while stirring often (leave a little bit of cheese for topping). Keep stirring slowly until all smooth.
  6. Salt to taste.
  7. Mix with pasta until all evenly combined.
  8. Lightly grease a baking dish and transfer the mac and cheese mixture into the dish.
  9. Sprinkle with some cheese.
  10. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Recipe Notes

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