Spicy Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes and Cracker Crumb Crust


  • Macaroni and Cheese Mixture:
  • 3 T unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ c chopped yellow onions
  • 1 large jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ c flour
  • 2 c 2 percent milk, warmed
  • 2 c canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • + 6 more ingredients
    • 1 ½ c low-fat shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese mixture
    • 1 lb penne, elbows or rigatoni pasta, cooked and drained well
    • Cracker Crumb Crust:
    • ½ c grated parmesan cheese
    • ½ c crushed Ritz crackers or similar crackers
    • 2 t paprika

To make macaroni and cheese: Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter in a nonreactive large saucepan; add onions and jalapeno peppers. Saute 2 to 3 minutes, or until onions are soft. Mix in flour and cook over medium heat 1 minute, stirring constantly. Using a wire whisk, slowly incorporate milk into o...

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