Southwest Baked Mac & Cheese

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Southwest Baked Mac & Cheese - Rumi Spice
This delicious baked Mac & Cheese recipe spiced with Rumi's Southwest Chili blend will be an instant hit at the family bbq. Our earthy & peppery southwest seasoning adds heat from guajillo & ancho chiles and bold, nuttiness from our Rumi Wild Black Cumin.
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time:

1 hour


For the macaroni:

  • ½ lb elbow macaroni
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp Rumi Southwest Chili Spice Blend
  • 1 egg
  • 12 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

For the topping:

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup Panko Japanese Bread Crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large pot of boil, salted water, cook pasta al dente.
  3. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a separate pot.
  4. Wisk in flour and mix for 5 minutes (Make sure it is lump free).
  5. Stir in milk & Southwest Chili Spice Blend let simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in ¾ of the shredded cheese. Season with salt & pepper.
  7. Add cooked macaroni and fold into mixture.
  8. Then pour it all into a 2 qt. casserole dish.
  9. Top with remaining cheese.
  10. Melt butter in saute pan and toss in bread crumbs and get it coated in the butter.
  11. Top macaroni in casserole dish with bread crumbs.
  12. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving.

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