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Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

My avocado obsession continues, this time with Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese! If you like our Creamy Avocado Pasta, you will love this decadent macaroni and cheese. It is basically the same delicious pasta, but kicked up a notch. Josh thought I was a little looney when I told him what we were having for dinner, but after one bite, he was in mac and cheese heaven. If you are an avocado lover, you will go crazy for this macaroni and cheese!

This avocado macaroni and cheese is so easy to make. It is perfect for busy weeknights or whenever you are craving a comforting meal, but feeling lazy. You don’t even have to turn on the oven. To make the pasta, you boil the macaroni, make the avocado sauce in the food processor, and whisk together a cheesy sauce on the stove top. You combine everything in a big bowl and devour!

The creamy avocado sauce coats the pasta nicely with a hint of garlic, cilantro, and lime. The creamy cheese sauce is out of this world. We used Pepper Jack cheese, which gave the dish a nice kick. If you want a milder flavor, you can use Monterey Jack. I garnished the macaroni and cheese with fresh avocado chunks. You can never have too much avocado!

This Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese is all kinds of awesome! It is creamy, cheesy, and comforting. When you are in the need for pure comfort food, make this mac and cheese. It is comfort food to the max! This is also a great dish for Cinco de Mayo. I think chips and guacamole would go great on the side:)

Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Creamy, cheesy, and easy Avocado Mac and Cheese!

Ingredients:

10 ounces dry elbow macaroni
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh avocado chunks, for garnish, if desired

Directions:

1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Salt the water and add in macaroni. Stir and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. While the pasta is cooking, make the avocado sauce by placing the garlic, avocados, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

3. To make the cheese sauce, place butter in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. When butter is melted, whisk in flour to create a paste. Whisk in milk until smooth. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sauce starts to thicken. Add in Pepper Jack cheese and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy.

4. Place macaroni in a large bowl. Pour the avocado sauce over the macaroni and stir until well coated. Add the cheese sauce and stir until macaroni is coated and creamy. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm. Garnish with fresh avocado chunks, if desired.

Note-the lime juice keeps the avocado from browning. The mac and cheese is best eaten the first day, but it is still good the second day. The pasta may turn slightly brown, but not bad. If you want a milder flavor, you can use Monterey Jack or White Cheddar Cheese.

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274 Responses to “Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese”

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  1. 1
    Margarita — May 2, 2012 @ 4:47 am

    Yumm! I just bought ago adore and his mit just be the perfect thing to do with it. Very creative… I’ve never seen avocado cooked in with food like this! P.S. I liked your post yesterday. A day in another person’s life is always interesting to know. Wish I could have the motivation to wake up early for a workout. And Body Combat in the morning, not for me. Lol! I like it in the evening where I can visualize faces I need to punch afte an exhausting day. Just kidding!

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    Margarita — May 2, 2012 @ 4:48 am

    I meant to say, I just bought avocadoes and this might just be the perfect thing to do with them.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 2, 2012 @ 4:59 am

    Now THIS is creative! And I bet so creamy and rich. Great idea!

  4. 4

    How creative! What a great idea!

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    The Hungry Mum — May 2, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    This looks great! My kids love cheesey pasta & I bought some avocados today – guess what’s for tea tomorrow nighT? :)

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    Oh my! This sounds so yummy! Love this!

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    Julia — May 2, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    It’s so funny to see the foods you’re loving while nursing… I had the EXACT same cravings. I couldn’t get enough avocados. I liked them pre-baby… but once she was born, I practically live don them! With that, this mac and cheese looks incredible!!!!! And great kid food because then I know she’s getting healthy fats and she can grab the little ‘elbows’ herself.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 2, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    oh my..this is a MUST try very soon! we’re making mac and cheese tonight but i might run to the store to get avocados now cause of this post!

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    Tanya Schroeder — May 2, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Fantastic combo! My family loves avocados, why not mix with mac and cheese!

  10. 10

    I think that you are brilliant. It looks delicious!

  11. 11

    Genius! I need to try this VERY soon!

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    Jennifer — May 2, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it this weekend.

  13. 13

    That looks great! My three year old loves avocado and her favorite color is green. She would LOVE this for dinner!!

  14. 14

    Ohhh, this looks amazign and sounds so good!! I have to give this recipe a try!

  15. 15

    What a creative spin on a classic. I love avocados and how nutritionally dense they are. They even have a bit of fiber in them which is great since most Americans don’t get enough on a regular basis. I can’t wait to give this a try!

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    Ashley — May 2, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I am obsessed with the fact that it stays GREEN! :)

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — May 2, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    what a fun recipe! Love it!

  18. 18

    Woah. I feel like two worlds just collided with this recipe and I love it! haha.

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    Amy — May 2, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Yep. This is going on my list for what I want on Mother’s Day. Fer sure.

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — May 2, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks so amazing! I’m a complete mac n’cheese fan; have to try this!

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    Mac & Cheese and Creamy avocado pasta are two favorites… I love that you’ve combined them. This will certainly be on the to-make-soon list! :)

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    Erica — May 2, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Avocado rocks in creamy dishes, so I can imagine its awesome in here. What a fun kicked up mac n cheese

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    I bet the creaminess is out of this world!

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    Cassie Laemmli — May 2, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I can’t even express how perfect this is. Love, love love.

  25. 25

    What a great idea! The buttery, creamy avocado sounds like an amazing addition!

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    Emilie — May 2, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    ughhh mac and cheese PLUS avocado? How can I resist!

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    Holy yum. Fabulous recipe, Maria! This is right up my alley for what I’ve been craving lately. Love your addition of avocado!

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    HeatherChristo — May 2, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    weird, and great! What a very pretty color it turns it too!

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    I was craving mac and cheese with avocados a few weeks ago (one of the many preggo cravings I’ve had). My friend thought I was crazy but who’s laughing now! :)

  30. 30

    OMG! This sounds amazing…love avocado and mac n cheese!

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  31. 31

    Love the color of this… making it tonight!

  32. 32

    This is making me so hungry! I’ve had butternut squash mac n cheese but never even thought of avocado mac n cheese. Keep the avocado obsession coming :)

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    Juliana Walters — May 2, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Wow! I can’t take it! The amazing creativity of it all! Thank You!

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    Shaina — May 2, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    Oh my. This. I must make this.

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    This is perfect!!! What a great way to change up mac and cheese! The avocado must make it so creamy!

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    EatLiveRun — May 2, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    Oh man, this looks so good. Love all your recent avocado posts, Maria!

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    Emily — May 2, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    I bought a bag of avocados at Costco that I don’t think are going to make it until this Saturday for my Cinco party so I think I’ll make this for dinner tonight. Yum!

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    Neesha — May 2, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    I really don’t care for mac and cheese because it’s so heavy but this looks very fresh and light. I love the idea of using pepper jack. Thanks for posting!

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    jennyo — May 2, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    How long will this keep in the fridge and still look and taste fresh? I’m curious to know because uneaten open avocados turn grey so quickly.

    • Two Peas replied: — May 3rd, 2012 @ 10:03 am

      The lime juice keeps the avocado from browning. It is best the first day, but we enjoyed the pasta the second day as well. It turns a slight brown color, but not bad. I hope that helps!

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    Mi Vida en un Dulce — May 2, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Thanks for avocado addiction…!!! I really love all your avocado recipes…!!!

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