Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

If you don't have farfalle, substitute ziti, rigatoni, or even macaroni.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Remove 1 teaspoon adobo sauce and 1 chile from canned chiles; mince the chile. Place remaining sauce and chiles in a zip-top plastic bag; freeze for another use.

Step 3

Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and bacon; sauté 4 minutes. Add onions; sauté 1 minute. Stir in the adobo sauce, minced chile, flour, chili powder, salt, and cumin; cook 1 minute. Gradually add milk; cook until thick and bubbly (about 4 minutes), stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups cheese and cilantro, stirring until cheese melts. Add pasta to pan; toss well.

Step 4

Spoon the pasta mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over pasta mixture. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until browned.

Ratings & Reviews


September 14, 2015
Very good.  Makes 4 very generous servings.  You can sub in whole wheat farfalle and 1/2 lb. hot turkey sausage, which I think adds a nice flavor boost.  Also, as others have mentioned, doubling the chipotles and adobo isn't a bad idea if you want something a with more of a hit spicy kick!

SoleilVA's Review

November 10, 2013
I've been making this for several years. I usually add more adobo and chipotle. It's a good serving size and calorie count. Tasty noodle dish, can be a tad dry, especially the leftovers. But I do recommend making it, and you get several servings from it.

ccrivera's Review

February 23, 2013
I love this recipe!! We have it once a month. Even my grandson (2 years old) loves it. We did add a couple more chilis and black olives!

EllenDeller's Review

January 26, 2012
We liked this a lot for a Tuesday family dinner with some corn and a tossed salad. Next time I would add a cup of green bell pepper along with the red and dot it with cream cheese in the middle. It's a pasta with sauce, not a thick baked egg sort of mac and cheese dish, and if you know that, you won't be disappointed. Like others, I doubled the canadian bacon and the chipotle.

CrownMom's Review

December 14, 2011

ElisaC's Review

April 27, 2011

ShellyDach's Review

April 19, 2011
My husband and I loved this recipe! We added a whole lot more chipotle though, as we like things spicy. I also used a maple bacon instead of the canadian bacon, which gave it a great hint of sweetness. Will be making this one again and again!

fittaraw's Review

July 04, 2009
This is an excellent recipe- very rich and flavorful.

kaidibug's Review

November 18, 2008
I took the suggestion of earlier reviewers and doubled the chipolte pepper and canadian bacon... Still felt this was lacking something. I will make again, but will try adding some sausage.