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creamy chipotle mac and cheese with a cornflake topping and green onions

Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Cornflake Topping

Chelsea Kram – XO&So: Vegetarian Comfort Food
This ultra-creamy chipotle mac and cheese is so smoky and delicious, and it's topped with crunchy Cornflakes for an extra something special.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 839 kcal


  • 1.5* cups macaroni measured dry, see notes
  • 2 tbsp butter for the roux
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp canned chipotle sauce (see notes!)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1.5 cup sharp cheddar shredded
  • 1.5 cup monterey jack shredded

Cornflake Topping

  • 1 tbsp butter melted in the microwave
  • 1 cup Cornflakes


  • Boil the macaroni noodles according to package directions, MINUS one minute (they'll cook a bit more in the oven). Drain and set aside.
    Preheat the oven to 350F. 
    Grate the cheddar cheese and monterey jack cheese.
  • In a large sauce pan on medium heat, melt the butter.
    Whisk in the flour and let it cook for another minute and it will form a paste. Slowly pour in the milk and cream, about a quarter of it at a time. Make sure you whisk well each time and let it thicken. 
    Add the chipotle sauce, garlic powder, and salt. 
  • Once the mixture has thickened and comes to a gentle boil, turn off the heat.
    Add the cheeses, and let the remaining heat in the sauce melt the cheese while you gently stir (this stops it from getting stringy). Taste test the sauce at this point and add more chipotle sauce if you want it spicier.
    When the cheese is melted and the sauce looks creamy and smooth, add the cooked noodles and mix.
  • Grease an 8x8 baking dish with butter, and pour the macaroni in.
    Melt another tablespoon of butter in the microwave, then mix it with the Cornflakes. Sprinkle this mixture over the mac and cheese, then pop the dish in the oven.
    Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes on the middle rack, or until the cheese is bubbly around the edges. 


It's incredibly important to note it is NOT the same as chipotle peppers in adobo sauce! You can find chipotle sauce in the aisle with the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, but they are not the same thing. If you can only find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and NOT canned chipotle sauce, you can use about 1/2 to one tbsp. of chipotles in adobo sauce instead. Start small, and add more once you taste test the sauce. You can also do this with chipotle paste. 
If you use a whole chipotle pepper, make sure it's diced very small or even pureed so you get the same consistency. 
  • This is a very creamy mac and cheese. If you prefer mac and cheese that's "drier" you can use two cups of noodles instead of 1.5.


Calories: 839kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 30gFat: 60gSaturated Fat: 37gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 979mgPotassium: 316mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2481IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 742mgIron: 4mg
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