Cheesy Baked Potato Mac & Cheese

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Cheesy Baked Potato Mac & Cheese
Potatoes, corn and cajun spices come together to make this delicious and hearty Cheesy Baked Potato Mac and Cheese Recipe.

Recipe by Jamie Sanders, Adapted from Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine
Prep time: 10
Cook time: 30 to 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8

  • 12 oz penne or cavatappi pasta (I used Cavatappi pasta)
  • 1 1/4 cup frozen sweet corn, defrosted
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (or the equivalent of freshly cooked and diced)
  • 2 cups peeled, diced potato
  • 1/2 tsp Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning (1/4 for the potatoes and 1/4 for the sauce)
  • red bell pepper, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes (set aside a couple tbs for garnish)
  • small red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard (I used an squirt of yellow mustard- its all I had)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan blend cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp yellow cheddar cheese
Cooking Instructions:
  1. Cook pasta in large pot, according to package directions. After cooking is complete, drain, return to pot and keep warm.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add oil to pan and brown potatoes for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add corn, red pepper, onion and garlic, 1/4 tsp of the Tony Chachere seasoning and salt and pepper to the potatoes. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Add milk and whisk til smooth. Add mustard, 1/4 Tony Chachere seasoning, (Careful- this stuff has kick!) nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook until the sauce thickens.
  5.  Lower the heat and stir in the Parmigiano Reggiano.
  6. Add the corn-potato mixture and the white sauce to the pasta in the pot and stir together.
  7.  Transfer to a casserole dish, top with the cheddar cheese, bacon and reserved red bell pepper. Broil until brown and bubbly, about 5 minutes.


My photography assistant could not stand it one more minute!  She had to have that first bite!

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