Avocado and light cream cheese makes this Mexican Avocado Mac and Cheese creamy and good for you.
And, we’re always looking for new and unexpected ways to use avocados.
Avocado Mac and Cheese
Today we’re letting the creamy texture of the avocado shine in this Mexican Avocado Mac and Cheese.
We’ve used avocados to lighten up this mac and cheese dish, by replacing the typical butter and cream base sauce with an avocado and light cream cheese base. As a nutrient-dense fruit, avocados add nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients per serving that you wouldn’t be getting from the butter.
Veggies like corn, green peppers, and tomatoes contribute nice bulk to this mac and cheese. While the spicing gives just the right amount of zest.
You can toss in minced jalapeno if you like heat (like we do), or you can skip it to keep things a bit more tame.
Mexican Avocado Mac and Cheese
- ½ lb elbow macaroni, dry
- 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ¼ c milk
- 1 tsp unsalted butter
- ½ green pepper, diced
- ½ onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tomato, diced
- ½ c corn
- 1 ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 jalapeno or Anaheim pepper, minced (optional)
- 1 1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Bring 6 cups water to a boil for the pasta in a medium saucepan. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add 1 tsp of salt and the pasta. Reduce heat to medium and cook pasta for 8-10 min, or until al dente. When done, drain and set aside. While the pasta is cooking, you can start the sauce.
- Place avocado, cream cheese, and milk in the bowl of your food processor. Blend together until smooth.
- In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add diced green pepper, onion, and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent (3-5 min).
- Add avocado puree and remaining ingredients, except shredded cheese. Heat over medium heat until sauce begins to warm (2-3 min). Add cheese ½ cup at a time, stirring to combine and let cheese melt between additions.
- Mix drained pasta with sauce and serve warm.