Southwest Mac & Cheese

Mac and cheese gets a fiesta of flavors with help from roasted corn, jalapeños and a pinch of Dijon mustard. This recipe is bound to be a hit when you’re in the mood for a little spice.


Recommended Crystal Farms Product Substitutions: Crystal Farms Wisconsin Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese


  • Cook elbow macaroni in boiling salted water with oil. Oil helps prevent the water from boiling over the top of the pan. After cooking macaroni, cool the pasta in cold water, drain and reserve until needed.
  • Roast corn on the cob under the broiler or on an open flame until all sides have a darker roasted appearance. Cut the kernels off of the cob and reserve until needed.
  • In a saucepan, melt butter, add flour and cook for 3 minutes under medium-low heat.
  • Add milk while stirring and then continue to add cream, mustard, black pepper and salt.
  • Cook the mixture while stirring with a wooden spoon until it has reached a very slow simmer. Once it reaches a slow simmer, cook for 15 minutes while continually stirring.
  • Add the Wisconsin 1/3 less fat cream cheese, shredded Gouda and shredded Cheddar cheeses and continue to cook the mixture, on medium-low heat, until the cheese is melted.
  • Fold in the macaroni, corn and jalapeños and serve.

Chef's Tips & Suggestions:

  • You can customize your recipe with garnish, such as chopped cilantro and more Crystal Farms® Shredded Gouda Cheese.