Easy One Pot Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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


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.


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.


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


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


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



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Easy One Pot Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

5 from 1 vote
Green Chile Mac and Cheese is a one pot recipe that's ready in just 30 minutes! This super creamy mac and cheese has just the right amount of green chiles to create the most flavorful kick. I never have leftovers of this dish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8
Calories 548cal


  • cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable)
  • cups table cream (10%-20% fat)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 cans diced green chiles (1 can for mild, 2 cans for extra heat!) 113 ml or ½ cup each
  • 3 cups macaroni (380 grams)
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Mozzarella Cheese


  • In a large pot, combine the broth, cream, salt, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and green chiles (1 or 2 cans). Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. 
  • Stir in uncooked macaroni, cover and cook, stirring often, until macaroni is al dente (about 10 minutes).
  • Add cheese and stir until melted. If needed, add an extra splash of broth to make the sauce come together.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 548cal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1327IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. michelle tremblett says

    Yummy !! Thank Mac and cheese recipe looks amazing ! I would love to try it, also I would make amazing tacos in this skillet 🙂

  2. Brooke Sawatzky says

    Being a newlywed I’m new at this, but my mom’s jumbalya / stir fry is the best meal I’ve ever had and I’d cook that up for my new husband. 🙂

      • Ellen says

        Sage ‘n’ Rosemary Stew
        6 servings
        1-1/2 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 3/4inch cubes
        ½ tablespoon canola oil
        2 cans chicken broth
        3/4 cups water
        ½ cup chopped onion
        3/4 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
        1/4 teaspoon salt
        1/4 teaspoon dried sage
        1/4 teaspoon pepper
        2 cups cubed red potatoes
        ½ package (9 ounces) frozen cut green beans
        3/4 cups frozen lima beans
        ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
        2-1/2 tbsp flour
        1/4 cup half and half cream

        In a Dutch oven or soup kettle over medium heat, brown pork in oil; drain. Add the broth, water, onion, rosemary, salt, sage and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until pork is almost tender.
        Stir in the potatoes, beans and mustard. Return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until vegetables and pork are tender.
        In a small bowl, combine flour and cream; stir until smooth. Add to stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

  3. heidi c. says

    Circulon Canada makes some lovely and durable, cookware. This jumbo cooker would be the perfect addition to my kitchen as I love making one pot meals! I would start with a big pot of spaghetti Bolognese – my hubby’s favourite pasta dish.

  4. Bernice says

    I would make a breakfast skillet , with hash browns,red,green,yellow peppers bacon or ham and scrambled eggs & cheese

  5. Keely Gilham says

    I would cook broccoli beef recipie..however I have never tried one pot pastas and would love to give them a try they seem soo much easier than cooking everything separate!! Thanks for the reviews!!

  6. Silvia D says

    The mac and cheese recipe looks absolutely yummy! We love spicy so i think I would make one of our szchewans or jumbalyas in the pan! Thank you for the giveaway and recipe!

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