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Chef Ze’s EasyPeasie BBQ Mac and Cheese

Hands-on Time: 18 Mins
Total Time: 20 Mins
Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cups. milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound pasta (such as penne, cavatappi, or rotini)
  • 1 (8-oz.) package shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8-oz.) package shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon EasyPeasie Natural Blend
  • 1 teaspoon EasyPeasie Red Blend
  • 1 1/2 cups cornbread croutons, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce


Step 1

Preheat broiler with oven rack 8 to 9 inches from heat.

Step 2

Prepare pasta a little over “al dente” according to package instructions.

Step 3

Microwave your milk for 1 minute in a microwave safe bowl. While milk is heating, melt butter in a heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; add flour and Montreal steak seasoning, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a low boil, whisking often for an additional 2 minutes.

Step 4

Reduce heat to medium and cook sauce, whisking often for 3-4 additional minutes. Whisk in cheeses, hot sauce, and EasyPeasie Natural Blend. Stir cheese sauce occasionally until  cheese has melted and sauce has thickened approximately 3-4 minutes.

Step 6

Stir together cornbread and olive oil. Add a dash or two additional EasyPeasie Natural or Green Blend, toss until cornbread crumbs are moist.

Step 7

Drain pasta, and fold into cheese sauce. Pour macaroni and cheese mixture into 9” x 13” baking dish ,sprinkle top with cornbread mixture; sprinkle green onions over cornbread mixture. In another bowl combine EasyPeasie Red Blend and barbeque sauce and set aside.

Step 8

Broil corn bread covered mac and cheese 1 to 2 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Drizzle with barbecue sauce. Serve immediately.

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