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Tex Mex Mac and Cheese

Tex Mex Mac and Cheese

Change up your mac and cheese with my Mexican flavor inspired recipe. Try wagon wheels or other fun pasta shapes for the kids.             

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  • 6Servings


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (1-pound) box pasta shells
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan


1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 

2. Spray a 7 x 10-inch baking dish with cooking spray. 

3. Cook pasta according to package instructions. In a large bowl, toss pasta with cheeses, salt, pepper, and tomatoes. Spoon into prepared dish. Pour the cream over the pasta mixture. Adjust seasoning, if necessary. Top with Parmesan. 

4. Bake for 25 minutes and serve directly from the baking dish with Lemon Butter Broccoli on the side. 

Lemon Broccoli Butter

Prepare a 2 pound bag frozen broccoli florets according to package directions.  When it is crisp-tender, transfer to a bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon. 

Recipe Courtesy of Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes by Jamie Geller (Feldheim 2010)