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Easy Gochujang Macaroni Recipe

A spicy Mac & Cheese hack that elevates a classic childhood favorite into its more adult version.

Gochujang Macaroni in white bowl with scallion slices and sesame seeds.

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This is a food hack more than a recipe. The purpose of this “playing with your food” segment is to inspire you to grab that tub of Gochujang from the back of your fridge and make a culinary play date.

Did you forget about that bright red tub after you made Korean Ssamjang Sauce? Don’t let this delightful Korean chili paste go to waste. If you are stumped, find inspiration in this article What is Gochujang? Or cozy up to an Easy White Bean Soup, amped up with….Gochujang. You’re welcome.

How to Make This

Ingredients on counter.
Gather your ingredients. Today I am using boxed Mac & Cheese, but feel free to make this with your homemade version.
Gochujang sauce in red tub.
Grab that bright red tub from the back of your fridge. The heat level is usually noted on the front of the package. Look for the thermometer. How much to use? That depends on your heat preference and the heat level of the Gochujang. If you happen to have the hottest version, use one tablespoon. If you have any other version use 1-2 tablespoons, depending on your preference.
Gochujang sauce and melted butter in bowl.
Try to dissolve the chili paste in butter, milk or water. The paste is sticky. so have patience. Alternatively you can microwave the paste in a little water to loosen it up. You are doing this step to help it melt evenly when you add the rest of the ingredients.
Gochujang Macaroni ingredients in pot.
Cook your macaroni per the packaged directions. Add the Gochujang paste when you add the cheese packet. Mix aggressively.
Stirred macaroni.
You know you are done mixing when everything is well incorporated.
Gochujang Macaroni in white bowl with scallion slices and sesame seeds.
I garnished mine with Everything Bagel Sesame Blend and scallions. Now isn’t that pretty?

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Gochujang Macaroni in white bowl with scallion slices and sesame seeds.

Easy Gochujang Macaroni Recipe

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

A spicy Mac & Cheese hack that elevates a classic childhood favorite into its more adult version.

Ingredients

  • Store-bought Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1-2 Tbs Korean Gochujang Paste
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH - sesame seeds, Everything Bagel Sesame Blend, Scallions

Instructions

  1. Cook Mac & Cheese according to package directions.
  2. Dissolve Gochujang in water or melted butter in order to loosen it and help it mix well with cheese sauce.
  3. Add Gochujang mixture to macaroni when you add the cheese pouch.
  4. Garnish as desired.

Notes

The heat level of your Gochujang will be on the front of the package. Look for the thermometer. Depending on the heat level of the Gochujang and your heat preference will depend on wether you use one or two tablespoons.

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Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g

This nutrition calculation is based on the nutritional label on Annie's Homegrown Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar.

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