Undercook the pasta by 1 minute. It will continue to cook in the creamy sauce while the crumb topping toasts under the broiler.

Recipe by Southern Living September 2015


Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins
Makes 6 to 8 servings


Ingredient Checklist


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

  • Bring 1/4 cup salt and 4 qt. water to a boil in a large covered Dutch oven over high heat.

  • Meanwhile, microwave milk in a microwave-safe 1-qt. glass measuring cup covered with plastic wrap at HIGH 3 minutes. While milk is heating, melt butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; add flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a low boil, whisking often.

  • Add pasta to boiling water, and cook 8 minutes.

  • While pasta cooks, sauté chorizo in 1 Tbsp. hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until crumbled and cooked.

  • Meanwhile, continue to cook sauce, whisking often, 6 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in cheeses, hot sauce, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Cover.

  • Stir together crushed tortilla chips and 2 tsp. olive oil.

  • Drain pasta, and fold into cheese sauce. Fold in cooked chorizo and cherry tomato halves. Sprinkle with tortilla chips mixture.

  • Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve immediately.