One Pot Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

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You know how you have those special family meals that become an heirloom recipe passed down from generation to generation? This is one of them. One Pot Spicy Macaroni and Cheese is a favorite in my family. I love that is tastes awesome and also that you can make the whole thing in one pot! 

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I have a secret ingredient that gives it the spicy flavor that I love, but also adds a depth to the dish that goes beyond the spicy heat. Texas Pete Hot Sauce is the key ingredient that I add when making it. 

Here are all the ingredients:

  • 1 box of pasta
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese {use your favorite}
  • Texas Pete Hot Sauce, for great flavor and a little bit of heat use 1 tbs. For more spicy heat use 2 tbs.
  • 1/4 cup of diced peppers
  • bread crumbs for garnish


Start by adding the pasta, milk, water and butter to a pot and bring it to a boil. Stir the pasta often as it cooks, so the milk won’t burn. Continue cooking till the pasta is done.


Do not drain the pasta. Add the cheese and stir it in well.

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Remove from the heat and add the peppers and the Texas Pete Hot Sauce. When I make this I divide it up and add 1 tbs. for the kids portion and 2 tbs. for mine and Pete’s. We really like ours spicy! Sprinkle with bread crumbs and serve immediately!

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Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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