Recipe by Javagoddess
"A smooth and surprising macaroni and cheese recipe with savory Mexican meatballs that will make you say 'Ole! Gimme more!'"
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1 (8 ounce) package
lean ground beef
powdered jalapeno pepper
light sour cream
shredded Cheddar cheese
fat-free cottage cheese
crumbled cotija cheese
chopped fresh cilantro
salt and white pepper to taste
canned diced green chiles
I made this tonight and am eating it right now. I was not sure what "adobo seasoning" was, but I found something by Goya that had the word Adobo on it so I used that. I couldn't find any jalapeno powder so I used a whole jalapeno minced fine. I don't know what it would be like if you added the jalapeno powder, but just by adding the jalapeno it wasn't spicy at all. The flavor of the dish is really good, but when I went to serve it, there was a lot of runny liquid in the casserole. I think the next time I might leave out the cream and see if that helps. Also, the meatballs are very salty, there is a lot of salt in the adobo seasoning so the next time I will only use 1 Tbls of the seasoning. Instead of putting the meatballs on top of the dish, I cut them in half and mixed them in with the macaroni and cheese. The sauce is really good. I will definitely make this again, it's really good. UPDATE: the pasta must have absorbed the excess liquid because I ate the leftovers today and it wasn't too runny.
Thought that the fat-free cottage cheese wasn't exactly the most fun of textures in my opinion. The kids hated it the chunks of rubbery cheese. The problem with fat free cottage cheese is that it can be rubbery and not appetizing whatsoever. What I do suggest though, however, is use 2% ricotta cheese. Use fresh chilis instead of canned, and use real garlic cloves as opposed to garlic powder.
I would never make this recipe again to the T like I did prior, but I would make it to where it was not the original.
I made this over the weekend for some friends. Although I did change up the recipe (used already made/frozen meatballs and added adobo seasoning to it), still was a hit. I personally thought the recipe was 4 stars, but this turned out to be the favorite dish of the night amongst everyone else. Definitely be patient and let all the cheese melt together before adding the pasta. The combination of the different cheeses was great (I actually used a 4 c of a mexican blend rather than 4 c of plain cheddar cheese). Tastes great reheated the next day as well.
I've made this twice and it's really good. The other poster mentioned it being liquidy, which happened the first time I made it. The second time I took my time and really let the cheese melt into the cream before mixing in the noodles and it was perfect. The adobo meatballs are a great touch and round out the dish. My adobo seasoning is salt-free (from Penzeys Spices, not Goya), so the meatballs were a great compliment to the cheesiness (sp?) and not overly salty. Also, a great idea to add coriander to the macaroni--it's the perfect substitute for nutmeg that I like to add to my regular macaroni. GREAT DISH!
I personally liked the macaroni and cheese a lot, but hubby and kids did not. No one liked the meatballs. That's a lot of seasoning for the amount of meat, and I followed the recipe to a tee except I used dried cilantro had no jalapeno pepper powder. I did not, however, have any problems with it being runny, just be patient and let the cheese melt and stir. It was the perfect consistency! I'd love to make the mac & cheese without the meatballs sometime because I thought it was a great mexican-type dish all by itself. I also supplied the photo.
mac n cheese was ok but the meatballs were missing some flavor! dont know if i will make again
Delicious! Meatballs: I used ground turkey, added diced onions and garlic to the meat mixture, added chopped jalapeno peppers instead of powder and used less Adobo than called for (used dashes until it seemed right). The amount in the recipe would have been way too much with Adobo that has salt. Cheese mixture: Instead of cotija cheese, I used a shredded Mexican mixture and used chopped garlic rather than powder. It was so tasty and the meatballs really compliment this dish!
This is very good, though I did omit the jalapeño because we like our food milder. The sauce was perfectly creamy, and the green chilies added enough heat for us that it was still "exotic". Next time I'll try turkey meatballs to reduce the fat. Liked the coriander in the recipe, too.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese with Adobo Meatballs
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 328
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