Cooper Southwest Baked Mac and Cheese

Cube Cube CUBE 12 12 SERVES: 12

We all know and love mac and cheese. But even with a favorite, sometimes it’s alright to spice things up a little. You know, keep your family on their toes. Try this Cooper-y twist on classic mac and cheese next time you’ve got a bunch of hungry mouths to feed. Then prepare for plenty of smiles. Maybe even a fist bump.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced onions
1 cup diced fully cooked ham
4 cups cooked elbow macaroni
1 pint whipping cream
1 tablespoon minced chipotle peppers
2 1/2 cups cubed Cooper Sharp White or Yellow cheese
1 cup Roma tomatoes, finely diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS

Heat a large sauté pan on medium. Add oil. Place onions and ham into the pan and heat for 1 minute. Add the pasta and combine. Add the whipping cream and chipotle peppers and combine. Add the diced cheese.

Bring the dish to a low boil to reduce the sauce until it is slightly thickened. Add the tomatoes and cilantro, combine and serve.