I know I’ve shared my love of Pinterest with y’all before but in case I hadn’t impressed it upon you before, I have a problem. Probably 75% of my recipes come from there.
While I browse the bajillion (don’t worry, that just became a word) different recipes, I run across an overwhelming amount of mac and cheese recipes. Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese and Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese just to name a few. And you better believe that last one is on my list of recipes to make soon.
Have I mentioned I love mac and cheese? It just screams comfort to me. I’m typically a Shells and Cheese kind of girl but that cheese is incredibly processed and just…gross if you think about it.
In addition to my love of mac and cheese, I think I’ve also shared my love of Sriracha with y’all before. Like, I love it so much that I tried to put some on a piece of bread the other night while dinner to be finished and Tyler stopped me and goes “No, no way. This is where I put my foot down.” It just tastes so good!
Anyway, mac and cheese for me isn’t complete without Sriracha so I figured, “Why not combine the two?”
So I did.
Sriracha Mac and Cheese
- 16 oz shells pasta
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 2 cups mac and cheese blend cheese (sharp cheddar, american and swiss)
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 4 tablespoons Sriracha
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
Preheat oven to 375.
After draining pasta, add back into the pot. Add half and half, 1 1/2 cups of cheese, garlic powder, Sriracha and butter and stir to fully combine. Adjust to seasonings to taste.
Pour into a greased baking dish and top mac and cheese with remaining cheese and panko bread crumbs.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese and bread crumbs are golden brown.
I read over the mac and cheese recipe on the back of the Mac and Cheese mix I bought and it called for 4 cups of cheese. FOUR CUPS OF CHEESE! And sour cream. AND heavy cream.
While that sounds incredible, my arteries started clogging at the thought of it so I cut it back. Trust me, I love cheese with the best of them and this was just right.
If I had to describe this in one word, it would be: Delicious. Now you need to make it. Go on, get moving!