Roasted Red Pepper Macaroni and Cheese

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roasted red pepper mac and cheese

Roasted red peppers blended and mixed into a delicious, rich and creamy mac and cheese! Our daughter is a huge fan of pasta.  We try to limit pasta to once a week and when we have it we like to have fun.  She loves colorful food and it has to have flavor!   By adding roasted peppers into her otherwise white mac and cheese we get a pretty orange mac and cheese!

roasted red pepper macaroni and cheese

The other day I shared a post on how to make roasted red peppers, so be sure to check that out if you’re not sure how make them :)  This roasted red pepper cheese isn’t just excellent on pasta it’s also perfect for pretzel dip, cheesy veggies, or on french fries.. I know.. I’m crazy!

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Roasted Red Pepper Macaroni and Cheese
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Serves: 1½ cups
  • 1½ teaspoon butter
  • 1½ teaspoon flour
  • ½ cup half & half
  • ½ roasted red pepper, pureed
  • 4 ounces chopped or shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 ounce shredded parmesan cheese
  • sprinkle of smoked paprika
  1. In a sauce pan melt butter, once melted and bubbly add in the flour until your roux is nice and combined. Put the heat on medium-low and add in the half and half mixing until it's combined with the roux. Add in the roasted pepper, stir to combine. Mix in the cheddar, parmesan, and paprika mixing until the cheese is fully melted. Add to desired amount of pasta and keep the remaining cheese mixture in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Serving size: ¼ cup


    • Courtney says

      Hi Nicole!

      You can definitely use jarred, but I cannot guarantee that it will taste as good as when you make your own. If you do make it with jarred let me know how it turns out – I’m sure it will still be delicious :)

  1. Libby says

    Is that a half of one pepper roasted and puréed? Vs like a half a cup or something puréed? It just doesn’t seem like very much, but…..I’ve never made this or roasted red peppers myself either, so what do I know. Just wanted to double check I was doing it right. Thanks!! Looks delicious, making later this week.

      • Courtney says

        SO sorry I didn’t answer before you made it, but you made it correctly :) Just half of a roasted pepper is perfect for our taste :) You could always add more if you wanted! Thanks so much for trying and glad it was delicious for you too!!

  2. Adria says

    Made this tonight and it was phenomenal!! I am a mac and cheese fiend, and this just made it into my top 3. Thanks for posting! :)

  3. Simone says

    Wow the first time i followed the recipe and it was amazing.. The second time i added a little of saracha and it was to die for!

  4. Rikki says

    Do you think this would freeze well?! I’d love to make it for my expecting sister to have on hand so she doesn’t have to cook!!

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