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Zindrew's Signature Garlic Chili Mac N' Cheese

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Zindrew's Signature Garlic Chili Mac N' Cheese

Thanksgiving Feast Reimagined: Zindrew's Signature Garlic Chili Mac N' Cheese

As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, a time of gratitude and hearty feasts, why not add an exceptional twist to your dinner table? Presenting the Zindrew's Signature Garlic Chili Mac N' Cheese - a new take on a beloved comfort dish, making your festive meal even more memorable.

The Art of Flavor Fusion: Cooking is an art, and the essence lies in the fusion of flavors. This dish elevates this concept by integrating Zindrew's Garlic Chili Oil into a luscious cheese sauce. The chili oil imparts a unique warmth and depth, creating a harmony of creamy cheese and the robust zest of garlic and chili.

Zindrew's Culinary Masterpiece: Zindrew is more than an ingredient; it's the soul of this dish. Its incorporation adds a new layer of complexity to the sauce, yielding a mac and cheese that's both comforting and bold, embodying the spirit of Thanksgiving.

ingredients to make Mac N' Cheese on a cutting board

Ingredients You'll Need:

For the Breadcrumb Topping:

  • 3/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Melted Unsalted Butter

For the Pasta and Cheese Sauce:

  • 3 cups Cheddar, shredded
  • 3 cups Pepper Jack, shredded
  • 1 lb Macaroni
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/3 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Zindrew Garlic Chili Oil - X Batch - or OG Batch if you prefer a milder spice
macaroni in a pot

The Creation Process:

  1. Bountiful Breadcrumbs: Combine Panko breadcrumbs, thyme, and melted butter for a crispy topping that contrasts beautifully with the creamy pasta.

  2. Cheese Melody: Blend the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses in preparation for a symphony of flavors.

  3. Al Dente Pasta: Cook the macaroni to al dente perfection, ensuring it maintains its texture in the sauce.

  4. Roux Base: Blend butter and flour to create a roux, forming the foundation of a smooth, rich cheese sauce.

  5. Milk Integration: Slowly mix in the milk, constantly stirring, allowing the sauce to thicken into a smooth base for the cheeses.

  6. Zindrew's Magic: As the sauce reaches its desired thickness, blend in the cheese and Zindrew's Garlic Chili Oil, transforming the mixture with its distinct heat and flavor.

  7. Layered Delight: In a baking dish, layer the macaroni, sauce, and some cheese, topped off with the breadcrumb mix.

  8. Golden Baking: Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes covered with foil, then uncover and broil on high for 5 minutes, until the flavors unite and the top turns golden brown

a split photo of the final mac n cheese in a serving dish

Serving the Masterpiece: This gourmet mac and cheese pairs perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey or stands out as a standalone dish. It's a comforting, versatile addition to your holiday spread, one that will linger in memories well after the meal.

A New Thanksgiving Tradition: Let Zindrew's Signature Garlic Chili Mac N' Cheese symbolize a new tradition this Thanksgiving. It's more than just a dish; it's a fusion of flavors, a celebration with loved ones, and an ode to the joy found in culinary innovation.

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Zindrew's Spicy Garlic Chili Mashed Potatoes

A spicy twist on a traditional classic, Mac N' Cheese. Zindrew Garlic Chili Oil takes this recipe to the next level of flavor, introducing elements of garlic and spice. This dish will impress at your next potluck!

Servings: 8

Keywords: Pasta, Mac N Cheese, Vegetarian

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hours 0 mins




  • For the breadcrumb topping:
  • ¾ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • For the pasta and cheese sauce:
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups pepperjack cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb macaroni (we used cavatappi)
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp Zindrew X Batch - or use OG batch for a milder spice


  1. Set a pot of salted water to boil, once boiling, pour in macaroni in and cook to al dente, strain, and set aside, make sure to put some olive oil to avoid the pasta from sticking to itself.
  2. Combine cheddar and pepper jack cheese, set aside
  3. For the breadcrumb topping, combine your melted butter, breadcrumbs and thyme
  4. In the same saucepan that you cooked your pasta in, melt your 1/3 cup of butter
  5. Once melted, incorporate your flour to form a roux.
  6. Slowly pour in your milk while your mixture begins to thicken.
  7. Once slightly thickened, add in 4 cups of your cheese combination (make sure to leave 2 cups for layering)
  8. Once cheese has melted, add in your 2 Tbsp of Zindrew Crunchy Garlic Chili Oil - X Batch and mix until combined
  9. Pour your al dente pasta into your spicy and delicious cheese sauce and mix until combined
  10. In a greased 9x13 pan, pour in half of your pasta and cheese sauce mixture in an even layer. Put 1 cup of your remaining cheese on top of this layer. Next, pour the second half of your pasta and cheese mixture into the pan in an even layer. On top add the remaining cheese and top with your crispy breadcrumb topping.
  11. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, covered. Then remove cover and broil on high for 3 minutes.
  12. Serve and enjoy!