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Spicing up mac n' cheese

I want to make mac and cheese but give it a bit of a kick. I was thinking of adding salsa to it, I was wondering if anyone's tried this and if so, at what point in the cooking process to add the salsa. Cheers!

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  1. I've added all kinds of things to homemade mac n cheese. For salsa, I'd probably heat it up separately, and then just stir it in at the end for stove top mac n cheese. If you're baking the mac n cheese, don't bother heating the salsa, just stir it in right before pouring the mac n cheese into the casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs (or whatever you prefer) and bake as usual.

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    1. re: Jen76

      Marash pepper has a slight kick, and gives mac and cheese a warm, smokey flavor. i would also try minced jalapenos....

      1. re: mariacarmen

        I love marash pepper. The fruity, fairly mild, slightly oily quality of it is fantastic with so many things. It's so much more than heat. My husband is kinda panicking because we just ran out and he puts it on almost everything.

    2. l add red pepper flakes to the mac/cheese to spice it up. Also always add a cup or two of diced Pomi tomatoes to make it less dense, thus lighter when you eat it.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        I use red pepper flakes and a bit of mustard.

        My recipe is one that was posted on the home cooking board- no cheese sauce and no boiling pasta. Basically, all the ingredients are mixed (cold) with the raw pasta. Good recipe for adding other flavors b/c you don't have to worry about when to add.

      2. chipotle in adobo is excellent in mac and cheese!

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        1. re: mojoeater

          I love adding some minced chipotle in adobo to my mac. I actually prefer it to standard mac n cheese.

        2. I love adding serrano chiles along with portobella mushrooms with garlic and shallots..
          I've added salsa at the end when its done as a topping..

          1. We prefer salsa verde to traditional tomato based salsa but yes it had another creaminess and flavor to mac n cheese. We also enjoy curried mac n cheese with bits of paneer added to the cheese list.