Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Chipotle Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

Recently Tina at Mom's Crazy Cooking, invited me to participate with over seventy other bloggers in a  Crazy Cooking Challenge. I have been very excited to participate in the challenge. Our first challenge to find The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese from somewhere in bloggerland. The minute I got the challenge I knew where to go to get the best Macaroni and Cheese, and that is where I went.

I am very excited to introduce my challenge recipe, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Chipotle Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese from Brenda at Brenda's Canadian Kitchen.  Brenda is a great cook that I have been following along with for about a year now. I saw this recipe the day she posted it and could not wait to try it and now I have the opportunity to share it with all of you.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Chipotle Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
Brenda's Canadian Kitchen
Prepared In Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 lb. pasta (curly or cavatappi
2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup (1 stick butter)
3 Tablespoons flour
2 cups heavy cream
3 cups half and half
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
3/4 lb. smoked cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dried chipotle chili powder
3/4 cup panko crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot, bring 1 gallon of water to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt. Add pasta (I used 1 1/2 lb's of pasta)  and cook for 8-9 minutes. Drain pasta and cool under running water. Pasta should be slightly firm.  Toss drained pasta in oil and set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add diced onion and saute for 4-5 minutes.  Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes but do Not brown.  Add cream, half and half, salt and white pepper, and bring pot to a simmer.  Cook until sauce is thick, about 5-6 minutes.  Add both cheeses and blend into sauce.  Stir in cooked pasta and place into a 13 X 9 baking dish.

In a saute pan over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and chipotle chili powder. ( I grind my own chipotle chili powder and it is a little coarser than the commercial ground powder.) Heat for 30 seconds until pan starts to smoke. Remove from heat and quickly stir in bread crumbs.  Sprinkle crumbs over the pasta and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until slightly golden brown and crisp.
Cool slightly before serving.

The Pasta

The Sauce

Toasted Chipotle

This Macaroni and Cheese Is Delicious With Little Bits of Toasted Chipotle In The Topping!

This  Macaroni and Cheese is very creamy and has a very distinctive smokey flavor with a hint of Chipotle.

Enjoy Your Macaroni and Cheese!

I am so happy that you could stop by today and enjoy this great dish with me, I always love spending time with you. I hope to see you at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see me real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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  1. omygoodness, Miz Helen! That looks fantastic!

  2. Mmmm...smoky chipotle....sounds delicious!

  3. I bet the Chipotle adds a great flavor!!!! Stopping by from the MACARONI & CHEESE Linky Party through Moms Crazy Cooking

  4. That looks really really good!
    How spicy is it?

  5. Hi Sarah,
    It is really very mild, it just has the fabulous smokey flavor with just a little kick. It really is a great recipe. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  6. I am pleased teher was thsi challenge so taht we can add some new twists to this dish;)
    Yours looks really yummy:)

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  8. Oh my goodness, cheese, cheese and more cheese....lol...how perfect is that.

  9. Hi I found your blog on the crazy cooking challenge. You have a great blog looks so yummy I love that you used spiral noodles:) Check out my food blog


  10. I would love this with the chipotle but alas I made one that my daughter, the true mac & cheese lover would enjoy.

    My Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Velvety Mac & Cheese.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  11. Love this Challenge!! Can't wait to try some of these Mac n Cheese recipes!

  12. This sounds so good...I love chipotle. I wonder if I could use the chipotles that come in a can instead of the powder? I did crock pot mac & cheese: http://www.morethanmundane.com/2011/09/07/cooking-together-crockpot-mac-and-cheese/

  13. I love the chipotle and smoked cheddar you used! I'm super hungry, and I'm actually munching on poblano leftovers! :)

  14. What a combination. This is definitely on my list :) Check out mine, it's the mini mac-n-cheese pies.

    The Farm Girl

  15. Chipotle - love it!!! I'm pinning this recipe for sure. This was my first time joining the ccc - what fun. Can't wait for next month.


  16. Looks wonderful! Thanks for joining CCC, I can't wait for next month, Chocolate Chip Cookies, YEA!

  17. This looks fantastic! I just love the incorporation of chipotle! Can't wait to try this! Thank you for sharing. Glad I came upon your site thru the Crazy Cooking Challenge!

  18. This sounds wonderful Miz. Helen!!! Love things you make :)
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  19. I'm loving your recipe, it sounds fantastic with some chipolte chili powder! Thanks for sharing!!

    PS - Thanks for stopping by my CCC Mac N Cheese Recipe! http://kaylasmalltownlife.blogspot.com/2011/09/crazy-cooking-challenge-1-ultimate.html

  20. Yum! I'm always looking for more things to do with chipotle.

  21. I've been eyeing that recipe of Brenda's for awhile now too :) Great pick! Now I DEFINITELY have to try this! And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier to check out my mac and cheese recipe too :)

  22. We love chipotle chili powder. My husband puts it on everything! I made the Italian mac & cheese http://thecrunchymamacita.blogspot.com/2011/09/italian-mac-cheese.html

    Paige @ thecrunchymamacita.blogspot.com

  23. mac & cheese with a little kick- yum


  24. This sounds wonderful. My husband doesn't like anything with a "kick". If I made this I'd be eating it for a week!

    Still making my way through all the challenge posts :)

  25. So happy to be doing the crazy cooking challenge with you Helen. Thank you for linking to Fat Camp Friday. Enjoy your weekend! You can also link up to my mac and cheese quest if you like!

  26. oooo such a great spin off!


  27. Oh wow. :D Seriously, guys. This CCC has been one of the most delicious ever. I will eat mac and cheese every day for the whole month if I have to, but I will try all of the recipes!!

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  28. Yum! What a great idea to put chipotle. I bet this would go over well with the whole family!

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