Tex-Mex Macaroni And Cheese

  • Yield : 24 (1 3/4-Cup)
  • Servings : 24 (1 3/4-Cup)
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Make a run for the border with this unusual version of mac and cheese. Nopalitos (cactus) and cheese sauce are staples in Tex-Mex cooking.


  • 3 lbs. Barilla® pasta
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. finely diced onions
  • 3 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 3 lbs. casings removed chorizo sausage
  • 3 15 1/2-oz. jars red salsa
  • 3 15 1/2-oz. jars green salsa
  • 3 15-oz. jars drained and diced cactus (nopalitos)
  • 3 15-oz. jars Salsa con Queso (Cheese Sauce)
  • 3 oz. whipping cream
  • 3 oz. white wine or chicken broth
  • 3 oz. chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 oz. chopped fresh basil
  • 3 oz. chopped fresh cilantro


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in fridge. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Sauté the onions and garlic in the oil until translucent. Add the sausage and sauté for 2 to 3
minutes. Add both kinds of salsa and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the cactus, cheese sauce,
cream, and wine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add herbs to the sauce and stir.

Step 3

For each serving, to order: Reheat 1 cup pasta in boiling salted water for 40 to 60 seconds. Drain and warm in a pan with 1 cup sauce.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (274g)
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 600
Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 1140mg
Total Carbohydrate 48g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 5g
Protein 26g

Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 40%
Calcium 6%
Iron 25%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.