Macaroni and cheese is an easy choice for my picky 3 year old daughter.
Pasta and cheese are always a winning combination, but I try to keep things as homemade and healthy as possible. If I ask Munchkin what she wants to eat, usually I will hear “peanut butter and jelly” or “pasta”; which is enunciated “pas-tahhhh”. Well, being Italian (and a mommy), the latter makes me grin.
I am always looking for scrumptious ways to change up the old standard favorites in our house. For this incredible mac and cheese I used inspiration from my most loved southwestern flavors to turn regular macaroni and cheese into a spectacular Southwestern Mac & Cheese in just 20 minutes.
Southwestern Mac and Cheese is truly a flavor explosion! Paprika and cumin give this dish an incredible smokiness, add a hint of spice from the chili powders and mix that together with the roasted green chiles to create a fabulous flavor combination.
The creamy and flavorful cheese sauce envelops the tender tubes of pasta and black beans to create a mouthwateringly delicious mac and cheese unlike anything you have eaten before. A simple garnish of fresh grape tomatoes and cilantro really brings this dinner together and it goes from prep to plate in just 20 minutes!
With love from our Simple Kitchen to yours!
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