Tikka Masala Queso Mac n Cheese

Remember my Tikka Masala Queso…The perfectly smooth and creamy warm spicy dip loaded with cheese, veggies and cooked in a tikka masala flavor. Using the same Queso recipe, I re-created the American classic dish Mac n Cheese with warm flavorful spices that add an exotic taste to the dish.

This cheese-pullin’, queso mac and cheese has become one of the most favorite dish in our house. Sinful and decadent but worth every bite! This is a perfect recipe when you’re craving hot, comforting spicy foods. Try it out and let me know how you guys like it!!

Tikka Masala Queso Mac n Cheese

Course: MainCuisine: Indian, Italian


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  • 1.5 tbsp butter

  • 1/2 lb. pasta of your choice

  • 1 cup half & half

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1.5 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 medium onion diced

  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

  • 1 serrano, minced

  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced

  • 1/2 cup frozen corn

  • 6 slice of white American cheese

  • 1.5 tbsp tandoori masala

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • 1/2 tsp coriander & cumin powder

  • 1 tsp crushed kasoori methi

  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 3/4 cup jalapeño pepper jack cheese, grated


  • Heat up a sauce pan on medium heat, once hot, add onions, ginger, garlic and chilies. Saute for 4-5 min.
  • Now add the corn, red and green bell peppers. Saute for 4-5 min.
  • Add the tomato paste, cilantro and sauté for about 2 min. Add all the dry spices. Cook for a min.
  • Whisk cup of milk and bring it to simmer while stirring frequently.
  • As soon as milk starts to simmer but not boiling yet, add 1-2 torned sliced white cheese at a time. Keep stirring on low heat until all the sliced cheeses are well melted in the queso.
  • Add half & half, kasuri methi and sugar and mix well. Simmer for couple of min and take it off the stove.
  • Add boiled pasta to the cheese sauce. Transfer the pasta to a baking dish or castiron skillet.
  • Top with jalapeño Pepper Jack cheese. Broil for 8 min. Garnish with Parmesan & cilantro.

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