Spicy Mac and Cheese Soup Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spicy Mac and Cheese Soup Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Spicy Mac and Cheese Soup

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"I was running low on groceries and needed to use pantry staples to create a filling dinner for my family. I came up with this soup and now it's become a favorite in our home. For an even creamier consistency, I sometimes use a can of evaporated milk in place of the regular milk in the recipe. Leftover taco meat or shredded rotisserie chicken can be added to make it more hearty."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and stir in macaroni from the packages, retaining cheese mix packets for later use. Cook macaroni at a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender but still slightly firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse macaroni with cold water. Return cooked macaroni to the pot.
  2. Mix butter, chicken broth, and tomatoes with macaroni and bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat; stir in garlic powder, cumin, dry mustard, pepper, and contents of cheese mix packets. Stir in milk and reduce heat to low; heat soup almost to a simmer. Do not boil.
  3. Serve soup in bowls and top each serving with about 2 tablespoons of sour cream.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Leftovers refrigerate well for three or four days, but the macaroni will soak up at least some of the liquid, so you may want to add extra chicken broth when re-heating.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 05, 2012

I made this right away for the boys for lunch after I saw Keri talk about it on Facebook. I did not have tomatoes with green chili peppers (aka RoTel), I used one can of diced tomatoes and one half can of diced mild green chilies. I also used reduced fat sour cream. I did add a little fresh ground pepper. My kids and husband were skeptical that they would like this but I'll tell you--they absolutely loved it. What the kids didn't eat, my husband inhaled. EXCELLENT way to use up pantry items everyone has to make a filling and cost-effective lunch. Next time, I'll take Keri's suggestion and throw in some leftover taco meat or maybe use homemade taco seasoning in place of the seperate seasonings. Thanks for the winner--this one's going in the wooden recipe box.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 22, 2013

Definitely cut down on the garlic if you make this, but otherwise, it's great! Great concept, but looking at the garlic, I thought 1 Tbsp seemed like a lot... I used 1/2 Tbsp, and it's still WAAAAAY too much. Nigh inedible.

May 07, 2012

"Souper" easy and delicious. I cut the recipe down to half for the 2 of us and proceeded as directed. It was the perfect amount to go with a huge tossed salad for our dinner with just enough left over to go to work with DH for his lunch. Who doesn't love mac n cheese and to put it in a soup? Perfection!!

May 13, 2012

So simple and so great tasting! I made it as directed except I couldn't resist throwing in a can of cheddar cheese soup for extra cheesy goodness.

May 11, 2012

Wonderful on a chilly night. However, I don't rinse the macaroni, I just drain it. The 'starch' makes for a thicker soup. I've also added bite sized chunks of browned ground beef to make it even heartier!!

May 16, 2012

Really surprised how good this is! I love making soups and usually make soup in the crock pot with lots of goodies and that means lots of chopping! Not this time! I did makes some additions such as diced smoked sausage and a can of corn and I sauteed an onion with the sausage. Added lots more milk and a packet of dry chicken gravey mix. I often add this to soup for flavor and gives it some body. I will be making this again! Thanks!

Sep 26, 2014

This was a great way to use up pantry items...my family dug into it before I pulled out the sour cream. Even hubby had some and didn't say nothing about the tomatoes in it. One thing to remember as I didn't watch this like I should was making sure not to over cook your noodles or it will make the batch taste watered down. That was solely my doing. But with a quick adjustment with broth and milk it was fine. Will make again. TY Keri

Apr 27, 2015

It is not a soup as all the liquid is soaked up by the mac and cheese.


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  • Calories
  • 434 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 54.2 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 17.9 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 15.2 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 1230 mg
  • 49%

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

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