Avocado Mac and Cheese Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Avocado Mac and Cheese Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Avocado Mac and Cheese

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"Avocado adds extra creaminess to this zesty, reduced-fat mac & cheese with chili powder, lime juice and chives."

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  • COOK

    15 mins
  • READY IN

    15 mins

Directions

  1. In large sauce pot, cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine milk, garlic, nutmeg and chili powder. Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. When pasta is almost cooked, place in blender the parsley leaves, 1 1/2 cups of the diced avocado, the cheese, lime juice and hot milk with garlic cloves; whirl until smooth. Drain pasta and return to sauce pot. Pour cheese sauce over pasta; toss to combine. Add chives and remaining 1/2 cup diced avocado; toss gently. Serve hot or at room temperature.
  3. Best when served the day of preparation.
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Footnotes

  • Variations:
  • Use linguine in place of elbow macaroni and add sautéed bay scallops; use rotini (spiral shape) in place of elbow macaroni and add steamed shrimp; add spring vegetables to basic recipe.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 21, 2014

I followed this recipe pretty much to the letter, and I would not change a thing, I did use Cooper Sharp cheese and the flavor was awesome! I think a good sharp cheddar cheese makes this recipe!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 14, 2014

Yeah. Just ok for me as far as the original recipe goes. I definitely listened to the suggestions on here! I doubled the spices and then it was still lacking for me. So, I added about 1 1/2 c of sour cream and drizzled lemon juice and added pepper. MUCH better!! I would try this again but also add a little more cheese. I still got the buttery taste and texture from the avocado that I love. So, not great but definitely a good starting off point to rework.

 

22 Ratings

Apr 20, 2014

This is a good recipe to really mess around with - I liked my finished product but I definitely didn't follow the recipe after reading the reviews. I added in some sour cream and feta cheese to make it a little creamier (and of course less healthy -ha) and I left out the nutmeg because I forgot. I added in some vegetable broth for extra flavor, also. I just dumped everything in a dish and stirred in the avocados because I couldn't find the top to my blender. I really liked this, as I said, but I did make quite a few changes. I liked the consistency, however, and it was a fairly quick weeknight meal. I'm going to continue to experiment with this because I feel like it has potential!

 
Jan 28, 2014

I really enjoyed this recipe and so did the kids. Hubby was not impressed with the hint of lime (which was part of why I loved it). I had to add some feta as I didn't quite have enough cheddar, and it needed salt, so I added 1/2 teaspoon. I also added shrimp, per the footnoted variations, but saluted them in garlic and oil. I also cooked some diced zucchini at the some time and then puréed it with the avocado and cheese so that it would be a meal complete with veggies. I used an immersion blender. I usually don't write reviews when I make this many changes, but in this case I don't think it affected the flavor much.

 
Feb 10, 2014

Very bland even after doubling the nutmeg and chili powder. It looks good but my goodness does this dish need help....it tasted better as a leftover dish served cold.

 
Feb 04, 2014

Made this last night with a few simple changes: doubled the spices (as others have mentioned, it can use a little more kick), also added a tiny bit of siracha sauce for flavor, set the table with extra limes to squeeze and used onion powder rather than garlic since I was out. Other than that I followed the recipe and it was delicious! I loved how creamy the sauce was without giving everyone a stomach ache from cream additions! Next time I may try adding some tofu to the blend for some extra protein. Awesome recipe!!!

 
Feb 01, 2014

Loved this. Thought is was very good. I did double the cayenne pepper and nutmeg. Very creamy. We really like limes so I had some lime wedges set out to squeeze on for an extra zing and we also had more than just 1/2 cup diced avocado to toss. Just preferences. We are huge avocado lovers here. Good way to sneak in something delicious and nutritious for your kids.

 
Jan 31, 2014

Tastes pretty good, but need to double nutmeg & chili powder or it's too bland.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 458 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 67.3 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 12.8 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 7.4 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 19.6 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 187 mg
  • 7%

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

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