Hatch Chile Mac 'N' Cheese

Recipe excerpted from Food Between Friends by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Tanous. Together, Julie and Jesse developed a stove-top mac and cheese that marries her clean-out-the-fridge version with Jesse's first love: spicy and slightly sweet Hatch green chiles.

Hatch Chile Mac 'N' Cheese
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Total Time:
30 mins
10 cups


  • Kosher salt

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni or other short pasta

  • 2 teaspoon grapeseed or canola oil

  • 4 tablespoon (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoon minced jalapeno chile (seeded, if desired)

  • 4 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 4 cup whole milk, warm

  • 2 cup freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces)

  • ½ cup freshly grated pepper Jack cheese (2 ounces)

  • 3 4 ounce cans diced Hatch green chiles, drained

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until al dente, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain, transfer to a large bowl, and toss with the oil to keep macaroni from sticking.

  2. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium. Add shallot, onion, garlic, and jalapeno; cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in flour and cook until toasty. about 2 minutes.

  3. Slowly pour in warm milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce begins to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cheeses in two additions and stir until melted. The sauce will start to thicken to the consistency of queso.

  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in green chiles, oregano, a pinch of salt, and some freshly ground black pepper. Add macaroni and stir until well coated. Serve immediately. Serves 8.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

521 Calories
23g Fat
59g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 521
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 541mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 5.5mg 28%
Calcium 422mg 32%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 383mg 8%
Folate, total 35.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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