Hey there, spice enthusiasts and comfort food aficionados! As we enter the cozy and rainy embrace of fall, what better way to lift your spirits than with a dish that combines the ooey-gooey comfort of mac and cheese with a sizzling kick of heat? Get ready for a belly-warming experience that will leave you both craving more and reaching for a glass of milk. We're about to take mac and cheese to a whole new level with the help of Charlie's Saucery hot sauce. So, put on your rain boots, prepare your taste buds for an adventure, and let's dive into a Spicy Buffalo Mac and Cheese recipe that will tickle your taste buds and make your autumn season a little spicier!
Spicy Buffalo Mac and Cheese Recipe:
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni or pasta of your choice
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups milk (whole or 2% works best)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2-3 tablespoons of Charlie's Saucery hot sauce (adjust to your preferred level of spiciness)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional, for added flavor)
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (for topping)
- Fresh chopped parsley (for garnish)
Cook the Pasta: Cook the macaroni or pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Prepare the Cheese Sauce: In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture turns a light golden color. Slowly whisk in the milk, and continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes.
Add the Cheeses and Hot Sauce: Once the sauce has thickened, reduce the heat to low. Add the shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese to the sauce, and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the hot sauce, salt, black pepper, and paprika.
Combine the Pasta and Sauce: Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and stir to coat the pasta evenly with the sauce.
Bake: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top for a crunchy texture.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden and the cheese is bubbling.
And there you have it, our Spicy Buffalo Mac and Cheese recipe featuring Charlie's Saucery hot sauce! The rain outside might be pouring, but in your kitchen, you've got a delicious storm of flavors brewing. So, next time you're in the mood for some fall comfort food with a fiery twist, remember this recipe. It's the kind of dish that'll warm you up from the inside out, and with Charlie's Saucery hot sauce, it's sure to add a playful kick to your taste buds.
Now, whether you're sharing this with friends, family, or simply enjoying it all by yourself, don't forget to keep that glass of milk handy – you might need it. Embrace the fall rains, keep the laughter rolling, and savor every mouthful of this delightful mac and cheese creation. Until next time, happy cooking, and may your fall be filled with laughter, warmth, and a whole lot of spice!