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Gochujang Mac and Cheese: A Twist on a Classic Favorite

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Gochujang Mac and Cheese
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Hey there, today I’ve got a fusion of flavors that’s quite exotic. Gochujang Mac and Cheese. This might sound unusual, but I promise you’re in for a surprise. 

Gochujang, the Korean fermented chili paste, brings a depth of flavor and a touch of heat that pairs perfectly with the rich, creamy cheese sauce. This is a fusion twist that I’m sure will make your friends and family second-guess regular old mac and cheese. So, let’s get cooking.

What you need

Main Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup uncooked elbow pasta
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ tbsp gochujang
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

Seasoning:

  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
Gochujang Mac and Cheese Ingredients

How to make gochujang mac and cheese

Cook the Elbow Pasta:

  1. Start by cooking the elbow pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Prepare the Cheese Mixture:

  1. In a bowl, combine the shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and smoked gouda cheese. Set aside about ¼ cup of this cheese mixture for topping later.
  2. Make the Gochujang Cream Sauce:
    • In a large pan or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
    • Add the minced garlic and sauté for about a minute until fragrant.
    • Stir in the gochujang, cooking for another minute to let the flavors meld.
    • Pour in the heavy cream, milk, and onion powder, stirring continuously until well combined.
  3. Add the Cheese:
    • Gradually add ¾ of the cheese mixture to the pan, stirring constantly until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
    • Season with white pepper and salt, adjusting to taste.

Combine with Pasta:

  1. Add the cooked elbow pasta to the cheese sauce, tossing to coat evenly.
  2. Assemble and Broil:
    • Preheat your oven’s broiler.
    • Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a casserole dish.
    • Sprinkle the reserved cheese mixture on top.
    • Place the casserole under the broiler for 6-8 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

Serve and Enjoy

  1. Once out of the oven, let it cool for a minute or two before serving. 
  2. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped green onions or parsley for an extra pop of color and flavor.
Gochujang Mac and Chese Toppings

Tips to make a perfect gochujang mac and cheese

  • Gochujang can vary in spice level, so feel free to adjust the amount to suit your taste.
  • For an extra smoky flavor, you can use smoked paprika or add a touch of smoked salt.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or oven before serving.
  • Feel free to use your favorite cheese.

What can you pair with gochujang mac and cheese?

Here are some delicious pairing dishes to complement the spicy and cheesy flavors of the mac and cheese:

  1. Korean BBQ Chicken or Beef: The smoky, savory flavors of Korean BBQ pair wonderfully with the spicy kick of Gochujang Mac and Cheese.
  2. Asian Slaw: A crunchy and colorful Asian-inspired slaw with a light sesame dressing can add a refreshing and textural contrast to the creamy mac and cheese.
  3. Grilled Shrimp or Tofu: For a lighter protein option, grilled shrimp or tofu seasoned with Asian-inspired flavors can be a delicious addition to the meal.
  4. Sesame Garlic Green Beans: Stir-fried green beans with a sesame garlic sauce can provide a flavorful and nutritious side dish that complements the Asian-inspired flavors of mac and cheese.
  5. Grilled, roasted, or even pan-seared chicken breasts or thighs seasoned with just salt, pepper, and a hint of garlic can complement the spicy and creamy flavors of the mac and cheese beautifully
Gochujang Mac and Cheese
Gochujang Mac and Cheese

Gochujang Mac and Cheese

Gochujang Mac and Cheese. This might sound unusual, but I promise you're in for a surprise. Gochujang, the Korean fermented chili paste, brings a depth of flavor and a touch of heat that pairs perfectly with the rich, creamy cheese sauce. This is a fusion twist that I'm sure will make your friends and family second-guess regular old mac and cheese. So, let’s get cooking.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Pasta, Vegetarian
Cuisine Fusion Food, Italian, Korean
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

Main Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup uncooked elbow pasta
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ½ cup smoked gouda cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ tbsp gochujang
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

Seasoning:

  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions
 

Cook the Elbow Pasta:

  • Start by cooking the elbow pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Prepare the Cheese Mixture:

  • In a bowl, combine the shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and smoked gouda cheese. Set aside about ¼ cup of this cheese mixture for topping later.

Make the Gochujang Cream Sauce:

  • In a large pan or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté for about a minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in the gochujang, cooking for another minute to let the flavors meld.
  • Pour in the heavy cream, milk, and onion powder, stirring continuously until well combined.

Add the Cheese:

  • Gradually add ¾ of the cheese mixture to the pan, stirring constantly until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  • Season with white pepper and salt, adjusting to taste.

Combine with Pasta:

  • Add the cooked elbow pasta to the cheese sauce, tossing to coat evenly.

Assemble and Broil:

  • Preheat your oven’s broiler.
  • Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the reserved cheese mixture on top.
  • Place the casserole under the broiler for 6-8 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

Serve and Enjoy

  • Once out of the oven, let it cool for a minute or two before serving.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped green onions or parsley for an extra pop of color and flavor.
Keyword gochujang mac and cheese, vegan gochujang mac and cheese

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