Easy One Pot Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8

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A super creamy macaroni and cheese with a bit of kick from green chiles! Only 6 ingredients, one pot and 20 minutes!

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This is my first sample combination using my Ultimate Mix and Match One Pot Pasta Guide from last week. I’ve got 3 more examples of ways to mix and match the different elements coming up the rest of the week!

I’m going to keep things simple and go through the different elements one by one so you can see what I used and how you can change things up to suit your tastes.

overhead image of large skillet filled with green chile mac and cheese

Pasta:

I used whole wheat macaroni, just because I always go the healthier route when possible. You can definitely use white pasta! I’ve found that it doesn’t really change the 1:1 pasta to liquid ratio. If anything, you might need to add a little liquid at the end of the cook time if you use whole wheat, but you might not have to with the white pasta.

Liquid:

I made a huge batch of this macaroni! I wanted to test out the capacity of the Jumbo Cooker a bit. I usually make 4 cups of short pasta but this time I made 6. I used 4 cups of 1% milk and 2 cups of chicken broth, and I ended up adding a little extra milk at the end of the cooking time. If you want to make things even lighter, you can swap out some of the milk for broth. Or you can go the other route and use all whole milk. I personally like to use some broth or water because otherwise the sauce gets really thick and I find it doesn’t reheat as well.

Meat:

I didn’t use any meat, but chicken would be a great addition if you so desired!

Veggies:

I only added some canned diced green chiles and a sprinkle of parsley on top. Feel free to mix things up however you want!

Cheese:

I used all cheddar cheese, but there’s no reason you couldn’t swap it out for your favorite!

Extra:

Nothing!

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Easy One Pot Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

5 from 1 vote
This Easy One Pot Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese is a creamy, comforting one pot meal!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8
Calories 588cal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups macaroni see original post for weights
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable)
  • 4 cups 1% milk plus additional 1/2-1 cup if needed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can diced green chiles

Instructions

  • In a large pot, combine the macaroni, broth, milk and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. 
  • Reduce to medium heat and continue cooking, uncovered, stirring often, until sauce is thickened and pasta is tender, about 15 minutes (if sauce is thickened before pasta is cooked, continue gradually adding ½-1 cup additional milk or liquid and cooking until pasta is tender). 
  • Remove from heat and stir in green chiles and cheddar cheese and stir until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 588cal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1137mg | Potassium: 461mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Calcium: 497mg | Iron: 4.2mg

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  1. Travelbuds says

    I would make a chicken stir fry with red peppers and mushroom and kraft catalina dressing then top it off with cashews

  2. Alicia says

    I think the first thing I would make in this is chili, because this pot is huge! Or I would try out a recipe I have for Greek chicken and rice that starts on the stove and finishes in the oven – this pot would be perfect for it. Unfortunately I haven’t tried it yet, as my current student budget does not have room for a new pot (which I am in desperate need of).

    One question I had is what exactly do the green chilies add to the recipe? Are they spicy, or mild? I’ve never tried them but am interested, although I don’t want to make a big pot of Mac and cheese if I don’t end up liking it! Any descriptions would be appreciated. Thank you for your one pot recipes!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Both of those things sound amazing! The green chiles are mildly spicy — they add a little kick and a little pepper-y flavor. If you’re not sure if you’ll like them or not, you can always have a little taste out of the can before dumping the whole thing in. The cans themselves are pretty cheap so it wouldn’t be a huge waste if you don’t use them!

  3. Marjorie Peters says

    This recipe for one pot green chile macaroni and cheese sounds like something my trucker hubby would love. So, IF I should be lucky enough to win I’d start with it first! Good luck everyone !

  4. Dana Miller says

    The first thing I’d cook up in my Jumbo Cooker is a big and bold chili with rice and beans, and some garlic bread on the side. I love the jumbo size Circulon because I could have leftovers to freeze.

  5. Michelle Policelli says

    This one pot green chile macaroni and cheese looks delicious!
    I definitely would make this first if i won 🙂 thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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