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Thai Macaroni and Cheese

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Thai Macaroni and Cheese will please the kiddos and the adults in your family… seriously!  It’s SO cheesy-yummy fabulous with just a little hint of Thai flavor.

My BFF, Carol, made this recipe last week and I must admit- I was a little skeptical at first.  After the first bite however, I was a fan!  Second helpings and all 🙂


Yield: 12

Thai Macaroni and Cheese

Thai Macaroni and Cheese by
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 4-ounce jar Thai red curry paste
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups cream, alternatively, use 5 cups whole milk instead of both milk and cream
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Crumb Topping:
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the mac 'n' cheese:
  2. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.
  3. Salt generously, and then add the pasta and cook to box instructions, usually 6 to 7 minutes.
  4. Drain.
  5. In another large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  6. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking until it deepens in color and releases a light toasted aroma, about 1 minute.
  7. Whisk in the Thai red curry paste, and when fully combined, pour in the milk and cream (or all milk, if using).
  8. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and then turn down to a simmer.
  9. Simmer until the mixture thickens, whisking occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  10. Off heat, whisk in the cheeses and stir until melted.
  11. Add the pasta and toss to combine.
  12. Turn your broiler on.
  13. For the crumb topping:
  14. Toss the panko with the melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
  15. To assemble:
  16. Pour the mac 'n' cheese into a broiler-safe casserole dish, sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture, and broil until browned, about 1 minute.



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Thai Macaroni and Cheese will make the whole family happy… you’ll all want seconds too!

I hope your Monday’s a really good one.  I’m getting ready to attend Snap at the end of the week and I can’t even tell you how excited I am to go 🙂

xoxo~ Ruthie


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  1. […] Thai Macaroni and Cheese {source: What’s Cooking with Ruthie} […]

  2. This looks incredible!! Pinned 😉 Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I love the change up in flavors! Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  4. Christi says:

    Amazing! I love anything Thai and mac and cheese! It sounds great, thanks for sharing!

    • Ruthie says:

      You’ll just love this recipe then… it’s really SO good! Thanks for the nice comment… have a great day! xoxo~ Ruthie

  5. Yummy twist on Mac n Cheese! Thanks for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday.

  6. Laura says:

    My, oh my! This looks delicious!

  7. Pearse says:

    Is there a substitute for thai chile paste.thanks

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