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This Flaming Hot Summer Mac N Cheese is fully inspired by fresh summer ingredients to add a bit of warmth to these cold winter days.  Made in one-pot, this creamy mac is made up from a trio of cheese blends such as white and orange cheddar cheese and gouda, its fill with fresh corn cut from the cobb and served piled high with fresh pico de gallo, a drizzle in chipotle aioli and finished with crushed flaming hot cheetos.

summer mac and cheese

This is a pretty quick and easy stove-top mac and cheese made with a handful of ingredients and then it gets a whole upgrade with fresh toppings which makes it super eye catching and fun to serve. 

flaming hot summer mac n cheese close up


This is probably my preferred method because it stays creamy and saucy. I find baked mac and cheese loose their sauce and tend to be more dry with a crispy topping. This is absolutely do-able in the oven, it really works both ways I think it just comes down to preference and whether you want it saucy or not. For this recipe I am not counting the pot I used to boil the noodles and cook the corn, i feel like that’s a given in any pasta recipe. I am focusing on how it all comes together in the other pot. It starts off like most recipes where you make a roux with melted butter and flour. This is the thickener which will help transform the milk into a creamy white sauce. It’s the base for most mac and cheese, and alfredo or other pasta sauces. From there the cheese can now be added into the pan and whisked until it all melts and blends smoothly into the sauce. Finish it up by adding the cooked pasta and corn and that’s it!

stove top mac and cheese


I like to use a mixture of different cheeses, usually ones that melt really well into a sauce and aren’t stringy. From cheddar cheeses, to gouda, to cream cheese or brie I’d say these are the most common and really good for melting. Any of these combinations will do, choose cheeses you typically like, or if you want that orange hue use more orange cheddar than white. The blend used in this recipe the colour is really pale but that’s because you get that pop of colour from the toppings so they stand out nicely. 

creamy stove top mac and cheese


I added some of my all time favourite summer fresh ingredients to make this feel and taste like a creamy bowl of summer goodness. I love eating a lot of Mexican inspired foods in the summer and grilled corn, and pico I tend to make weekly if not daily. They are by far some of my go-to toppings because they add such fresh flavours you cant get from anything else. I am a big fan of cilantro and of course it’s gotta have some spice so the chipotle aioli and hot cheetos give it a nice touch of heat. You may recall that I’ve made some grilled corn with cheetos in the summer and we’ve got tons of tacos, burritos and bowl recipes that are all Mexican inspired in our recipe library. 

flaming hot summer mac and cheese

The temperatures here have been -30C or colder for a few weeks now- it’s friggen cold and we shouldn’t have to suffer stuck inside without something to look forward to or brighten things up. This easy meal will lift any gloomy spirits, it’s fun, fresh and I’m sure all the kiddos would be super into it. I know my little guy thought it looked super fun with a few pieces of cheetos sticking out of his mac and cheese. He immediately grabbed it and started munching away. 

flaming hot summer mac and cheese

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Flaming Hot Summer Mac N Cheese

Creamy one-pot macaroni and cheese made with a trio of cheese blend, shredded white and orange cheddar cheese, gouda, and corn piled high with fresh pico de gallo, drizzled in chipotle aioli and finished with crushed flaming hot cheetos.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Mains
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 -6
Author: the communal feast


  • 1 pound short cut pasta macaroni
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1/2 up butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 TBS smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded gouda
  • 1 cup shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • Flaming Hot Cheetos
  • toppings: pico de gallo chipotle aioli (see notes)


  • 1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Salt the water with 1 TBS of salt and and cook the pasta according to directions. To the pot of boiling water add the corn same time as the pasta and allow to boil for 2 minutes until it turns a vibrant yellow. Remove from the water, let cool and use a sharp knife to cut the corn kernels off the cobb. Once the pasta is cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain.
  • 2. In a large Dutch oven or non stick pan, melt the butter. Once melted stir in the flour to form a roux. Once thickened and golden in colour, whisk in the milk stirring frequently over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and paprika. Once all the milk is stirred in and the mixture has thickened, whisk in the cheeses a handful at a time until completely incorporated. Stir in the corn, add the cooked pasta stirring to coat in the cheese sauce. If needed, add a touch of pasta water to thin out the sauce.
  • 3. To serve: scoop the mac and cheese into bowls, drizzle some chipotle aioli over top, top with 1-2 TBS of fresh pico and finish with flaming hot cheetos crumbs. Enjoy!


Pico de gallo: combine diced tomatoes, chopped red onion, chopped cilantro, salt, pepper, 1/2 lime juiced and let sit 20 minutes.
Chipotle aioli: Mix together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chipotle peppers in adobo + some of the sauce, 1 TBS lime juice in a blender and blitz 20 seconds until combined.

Flaming Hot Summer Mac N Cheese


January 25, 2022


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