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Chipotle and chorizo red mac 'n' cheese recipe

Chipotle and chorizo red mac 'n' cheese recipe

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Spice up a classic pasta dish with this with the red mac 'n' cheese recipe. With a smoky chipotle tomato sauce and crispy chorizo topping, this cheesy pasta is sure to be a hit with everyone, plus it's ready in under 30 minutes and wallet-friendly, too. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 5 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 518 calories / serving


  • 75g chorizo (from a ring), thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 40g butter
  • 75g plain flour
  • 450ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 500g passata
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chilli and smoked paprika paste
  • 175g extra-mature lighter cheese, grated
  • 125g pack half-fat mozzarella, roughly torn
  • 300g spirali or macaroni
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    21g 31%
  • Saturates

    12g 58%
  • Sugars

    11g 12%
  • Salt

    1.7g 28%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 57.8g Protein 26.3g Fibre 3.6g


  1. Put the chorizo in a large pan and dry-fry over a medium heat until golden, crispy and plenty of oil has been released. Use a slotted spoon to lift out the chorizo, leaving the oil in the pan.
  2. Make a roux by adding the butter to the pan and heating until melted, then stir in the flour and mix to a paste. Cook for 30 secs, then add the milk, a little at a time, stirring continuously until smooth and thick. Stir in the passata and chipotle paste and simmer for 2 mins. Turn off the heat and stir in the cheeses to melt.
  3. Cook the pasta following the pack instructions, drain, then stir into the sauce and reheat if necessary. Divide the mac ’n’ cheese between serving bowls. Warm the crispy chorizo in the microwave for a few seconds, if you like, then scatter over the pasta. Top with the chopped parsley.

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