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Change up your mac and cheese with this salsa verde kick.

Mac and Cheese with Salsa Verde | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I don’t really remember eating macaroni and cheese growing up.  The Kraft boxes did not make normal appearances in my house.  And really, I didn’t care much for any macaroni and cheese until lately.  Now I love it.  And there are so many different versions out there that I want to try!

I was watching one of the many Rachael Ray shows I have on my DVR the other day and Rachael made this mac and cheese – with the surprising ingredient of salsa verde.  She made hers as a side dish, but mentioned that it would be good if you added in some chicken and served it as a main dish.  And that’s exactly what I did!

I really liked this recipe, but I wish I would have either left out the chicken or cooked my chicken differently.  I just poached my chicken breast, and maybe that didn’t give it enough flavor because it almost felt out of place in this recipe.  I found myself picking at the macaroni and trying to leave the pieces of chicken behind.  I think this would have been much better if I would have roasted the chicken instead of poaching it.  Or it would have made a great vegetarian main dish without the chicken at all!

Mac ‘n Cheese with Salsa Verde

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Mac ‘n Cheese with Salsa Verde

Change up your mac and cheese with this salsa verde kick.


  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1/2 pound macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup salsa verde


  1. Cook pasta to al dente. Drain and reserve.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, sprinkle in flour, and whisk 1 minute. Whisk in milk and season with salt and pepper. Let thicken to coat the back of a spoon. Melt the cheeses into the sauce.
  3. Fold the cheese sauce into the macaroni. Add the chicken and the salsa verde and stir to combine all ingredients.



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15 Responses to Mac ‘n Cheese with Salsa Verde {Saturdays with Rachael Ray}

  1. Tasha says:

    Love the idea of the of salsa verde in mac 'n cheese! For some reason, I don't make a lot of mac 'n cheese, so when I do I like it to have a fun twist like this.

  2. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious, Deborah! I can never say no to a macaroni and cheese, and this one with a little spice looks particularly tempting! Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe.

  3. Joanne says:

    This is such a crazy flavor for mac and cheese! But delicious. Definitely delicious. I bet the chicken would be good roasted with some chili powder or mexican seasoning!

  4. Monet says:

    What a unique twist on one of my favorites. I could probably eat Macaroni and cheese every night of the week. Thank you for sharing…I'm sorry I've been a bit absent these last few days…we are just dealing with so much with baby Ryan. Have a beautiful weekend!

  5. The Meal Planner says:

    You know I've never really made homemade mac and cheese before! I would love to, it sounds so creamy and delicious.

  6. Pam says:

    Great twist on that macaroni! Rachael knows her way around the kitchen for sure and you do too!

  7. Susi says:

    Great flavors in this dish! I love Mexican inspired pastas and my boys go nuts over it. This is a definite "must-bookmark". Thanks for sharing :o)

  8. Karly says:

    Oh, I bet this is so good! I'm on a serious salsa verde kick lately…I must make this!

  9. scrambledhenfruit says:

    My grandson loves mac and cheese- he'd probably love this spiced up version!

  10. Ashley says:

    I love mac & cheese and love salsa verde too. Sounds like a winning combo to me!

  11. Evan B says:

    I love everything mac and cheese.. I think I'd even try to make my chicken a little spicy??!

  12. Little Inbox says:

    It's a new flavor that learnt so far. :) Good try!

  13. grace says:

    this is my kind of cheesy mac! ah, pepper jack–my one true love. :)

  14. Jillian says:

    mmmmm i am constantly craving mac and cheese so i'll have to try out this recipie. thanks!

  15. eatme_delicious says:

    Yumm I'm a total mac and cheese fiend!! I love the idea of adding salsa verde. We ate mac & cheese a lot growing up – my mom made a homemade one and when she wasn't around we made Kraft dinner.

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