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Habanero Mad Mac

Kick Up the Spice

The Food Network's Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking prepare favorite hot dishes.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

This mac and cheese is full of cheese and spices. To make the dish hotter you can adjust the amount of habanero and/or powder.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of diced fresh habaneras
  • 8 ounces of Mac sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup of cheese mix (recipe below)
  • 1 teaspoon of habanero powder
  • 8 ounces of bowtie pasta
  • 3 tablespoons of hell fire crunch (recipe below)
  • 3 tablespoons of shredded parmesan cheese
  • For the mac sauce:
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 quart Heavy Cream
  • 1 quart Half and Half
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons Gran Onion
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated Garlic
  • For the cheese mix:
  • 1 cups of shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cups of shredded parmesan
  • 1 cups of shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • Mix together well.
  • Cooking Directions

    Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat til oil ripples. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh habaneros. Heat until they turn yellow. Add two ladles of mac sauce which is about 8 ounces, 1/2 cup of cheese mix (equal parts shredded cheddar jack, parmesan, and mozzarella) and 1 teaspoon of habanero powder to mix. Stir pan constantly until all cheese is incorporated and sauce thickens. Then add 8 ounces of bowtie macaroni. Once everything is mixed together portion the mac into a bowl. Top each dish with the hell fire cruch topping. Sprinkle a 2 ounces of Parmesan cheese on top. Place in oven until cheese starts to slightly brown, about 4-5 minutes. Top with a fresh stemed habanera.

    For the Hell Fire Crunch:

    A tablespoon of habanero powdered per 1/2 cup of Doritos In a blender place Doritos and powder in and pulse a few times until well blended.

    For the mac sauce:

    Sauté onions for 3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté until translucent. Add 1 qt cream and spices. Stir until spices are incorporated. Add remaining ingredients. Let simmer for 30-45 minutes, until everything is thoroughly heated and all spices have been incorporated.

    Tips: To make the dish hotter you can adjust the amount of habanero and/or powder

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Copyright Mad Donna's Restaurant

    Recipe courtesy Rachel Fontenot for Habanero Mad Mac and Joyce Maloney for the mac sauce.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: parmesan, garlic, white onion

    Course: Snack, Side Dish

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