Baked Mac ‘n Cheese with Scallions & Tomatoes

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Baked Mac ‘n Cheese with Scallions & Tomatoes

Be sure to leave room on the table for this barbecue classic, mac ‘n cheese. This one is made with two types of cheese — American, for its smooth, easy melting, and pepper Jack for added spicy flavor. Cavatappi, with its corkscrew shape, is a great pasta for mac ‘n cheese since the sauce clings to all of the twists and curls, but any type with wells, such as pipette or fusilli, works as well. Just be sure to undercook the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking, so it doesn’t become mushy during baking.


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To make ahead, prepare the recipe up to the point of adding the bread crumbs, cover, and chill. Add bread crumbs and bake as directed.


Preheat oven to 375°. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

For the pasta, cook cavatappi in a large pot of boiling salted water until slightly soft, 5 minutes; drain and rinse with water.

For the sauce, melt 4 Tbsp. butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add scallions; cook 1 minute.

Whisk in flour and paprika and cook 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil; cook until thick, 12 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk in cheeses, Dijon, and Worcestershire; simmer until cheeses melt, about 2 minutes.

Stir in tomato and season with Tabasco and salt. Transfer sauce to a large bowl and stir in cavatappi; transfer to prepared dish.

For the topping, combine panko and 3 Tbsp. butter, then sprinkle over mac ‘n cheese.

Bake mac ‘n cheese until bubbly and topping is golden brown, 3035 minutes; let rest 5 minutes before serving.


To get rid of the raw flour and paprika taste, cook them in the butter and scallion mixture.


Once the milk mixture thickens, reduce the temperature so the cheeses melt and don’t burn.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 630

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 33g 50%

Saturated Fat 21g 105%

Cholesterol 79mg 26%

Sodium 860mg 35%

Carbs 61g 20%

Fiber 3g 12%

Protein 23g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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