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Test Kitchen Approved

Red Rocks Mac & Cheese

Recipe By Kaeli Sandhoff, Savory Spice—Southlands/Aurora, CO


8 servings

Cooking Time

15 Minutes

Recipe By Kaeli Sandhoff, Savory Spice—Southlands/Aurora, CO

This classic homemade comfort food dish gets a smoky barbecue twist with one of our customer favorite BBQ rubs.


For the pasta:

8 oz. elbow macaroni

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups whole milk

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup crushed tomatoes

For the topping:

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning

    Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning is a hickory smoked seasoning best used on your favorite cuts of red meat. Rub this hickory seasoning all over t...

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  • Rubbed Sage

    Sage, like many other herbs, originates from the mint family. It has long, grayish-green leaves that take on a cottony velvet-like texture when rub...

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. This sea salt was harvested off t...

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  • Coarse Black Malabar Pepper

    Malabar black peppercorns are named for the region from which they are harvested, the Malabar Coast of India. These peppercorns have a bold and wel...

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Step 1: Prepare cheese sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp. of Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning and the sage, salt, and pepper. Whisk in flour until mixture is smooth. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring until mixture has thickened. Add cheddar and Parmesan, and stir until cheeses are melted. Remove from heat and stir in crushed tomatoes. Combine sauce and pasta. Pour into a greased 2-quart casserole dish.

Step 2: Prepare topping and bake

In a small bowl, thoroughly combine melted butter, bread crumbs, Parmesan, and remaining 1/4 tsp. Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning. Top pasta with seasoned crumbs and bake until sauce is bubbling and topping is golden brown, about 15 to 20 min.