Spicy Mac and Cheese

The other day I cleaned our large freezer and to my horror I found 45 boxes of mac and cheese. I came down to my husband’s office and  confronted him, his answer was that I don’t make mac and cheese often enough and he had to resort to other sources.  He said: I love your cooking but I do need my mac and cheese at least once a week.

Well, I started making mac and cheese and this one is one of his favorite.  It is little spicy and the corn chips add unique flavor and texture to the dish.

3       cups elbow pasta

2       cups skim milk

2       tablespoons corn starch

4       tablespoons water

2       tablespoons fresh tarragon

1       small jalapeno, seeded and diced

1/2  red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/2  cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2  cup shredded pepperjack cheese

1      cup corn chips, crushed

1/4  teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt to taste

-To make the sauce: Dissolve the corn starch in the water, add to the milk, stir and cook over medium heat until the sauce thicken.  Add the tarragon, the jalapeno pepper, the red bell pepper, the cayenne pepper and the salt. Stir and place aside.

-In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.  Drop the pasta, stir and cook until the pasta is cooked but not mushy.

-Drain the pasta and add to the tarragon vegetable  sauce.  Add the cheddar cheese and the pepperjack cheese. Stir to mix.  Spoon the mixed pasta into baking tray.  Top with the crushed corn chips and bake in 395 F. oven for 25 minutes. Enjoy.

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