So I’m kinda obsessed with hatch chiles. And by kinda I mean I’m totally obsessed with hatch chiles. You may have noticed that when I posted my Hatch Chile Guacamole last week. But now that I have added them to a macaroni and cheese the obsession has reached a whole new level. A “I want to buy all the hatch chiles” level. Just try this Roasted Hatch Chile Mac N’ Cheese. You’ll see.
I’ve wanted to make a roasted hatch chile mac n’ cheese for a while now but it’s always been so hot in during hatch chile season that I’ve never done it. This year I just couldn’t put it off any longer. I just had to make it.
So I did.
On a day when it was sunny and 86.
A day perfect for tummy warming fall like comfort food right?
Well it is mac n’ cheese and frankly, any day is good for mac n’ cheese. Especially one that is this cheesy and this creamy. One that is chock full of spicy roasted hatch chiles and topped with crispy panko bread crumbs.
Yeah any day is perfect for this.
So go make it.
Turn on your oven broiler. Place chilies on a baking sheet 6 inches away from the broiler. Broil 4 - 5 minutes on each side or until skin has started to blister and blacken. Place chiles into a paper bag, close and let set for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, peel away the skin of the chiles and remove the stem and seeds. The more seeds you leave the spicier the mac n' cheese will be. Dice the chiles.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to boil. 7 - 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain.
While pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add in onions. Cook just until softened about 3 minutes. Whisk in flour. Allow to cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk.
Once milk has warmed, add in the jack and cream cheeses. Cook until melted. Fold in macaroni and roasted chiles. Season to taste with salt.
Pour macaroni and cheese into a 2 quart casserole dish. In another bowl combine panko and olive oil. Sprinkle over the macaroni and cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the edges are bubbly. Turn on the broiler and broil for 2 minutes or until the bread crumbs turn golden. Serve hot.