Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese
Like the unique sweetness of Vidalia Onions from Vidalia, Georgia (U.S.A.); or the richer flavor of San Marzano Tomatoes from San Marzano sul Sarno, near Naples, Italy; Hatch Chiles—grown in Hatch Valley, New Mexico—are special for the place from which they come.
To borrow a wine making term, the terroir (or total natural environs) of southwestern New Mexico is what makes Hatch Chiles so special. When roasted with care, they are earthy, sweet, and spicy (ranging from mild to medium heat) with an alluring smokiness.
Mac & Cheese, another American favorite, is beloved not so much for its terroir (after all, it is made all over the place!), but more for its concept. Who wouldn’t love pasta doused in a rich, creamy, cheese sauce?
It wasn’t a big leap, then, to marry these two foods together, and Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese proves it’s a match made in Heaven (that most coveted, if only metaphorical, terroir). We coat semolina elbow macaroni in a rich, creamy, cheese sauce made from aged Cheddar, milk, and butter. Then, we notch it up with authentic Hatch Chiles, roasted, chopped, and mixed in for a welcoming, smoky-heat.
For a satisfying full meal, heat our Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese from frozen in the ovenable tray, in either the microwave or conventional oven (directions on the package). It also makes a terrific side dish, especially next to our Pork Rib Bites, or another one of our BBQ’d, pulled meats (Beef Brisket, Chicken, or Pork).
The 12 ounce, two serving box is $2.99, and only available at Trader Joe’s.
Cooked Elbow Macaroni (Water, Enriched Semolina [Durum Wheat Semolina, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid]), Milk, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Cow's Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Microbial Rennet, Annatto [Color]), Roasted Hatch Chile Peppers, Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Butter (Pasteurized Cream, Salt, Annatto [Color]), Salt, Modified Rice Starch, Spices. CONTAINS WHEAT, MILK.