Southwest Mac & Cheese

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Kick up the flavor of basic macaroni and cheese by making this Southwest Mac & Cheese.

Did you know that you can turn ordinary mac and cheese into a hearty meal?

I added classic Southwest flavors to my mac and cheese and turned into a easy, meatless meal that left me full and satisfied.

I started with corn, red bell pepper, pablano pepper and onion. Then I added some black beans for protein.

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The result was an incredible dish that really packed in the flavor.

I added these mix-ins to a box of Horizon Organic Mac & Cheese.

I loved the little shell shaped pasta and creamy white cheddar sauce. It was the perfect base for my kicked up mix-ins.

Horizon Mac & Cheese is the dinner trifecta — great ingredients, delicious taste and convenience.

This recipe makes a great meatless dinner or easy lunch. My 8 year old gobbled it up and asked for seconds. That’s when I knew I had a keeper on my hands!

If you’re looking for even more recipe inspiration for your mac and cheese, check out the Horizon MAC-N-ATOR, the mac and cheese recipe generator that will surprise and delight your family, while making your life (a little) easier!

Author: Christina Hitchcock
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Serves: 4
  • 1 box of Horizon Organic Mac & Cheese, prepared
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup pablano pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  1. In a large non-stick skillet, placed corn, peppers, onions, black beans and water.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and cumin.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat until peppers and onions soften and corn thaws.
  4. Remove from skillet and add to prepared Mac & Cheese.
  5. Serve immediately.

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