It was super easy and quick to make, and it's a good recipe with ingredients that are often on hand (in my household, at least). I would rate it about a 7-8. It is a little spicy, probably because I did not remove the jalepeno seeds.
Note: If you don't want your hands (and later your eyes when you remove your contacts, despite multiple washings) to burn all night; it's a good idea to wear gloves when handling hot peppers. Just sayin'.....
For your viewing convenience, here is the recipe:
|1||pound penne rigate (ridged penne)|
|1½||pounds ground beef|
|1||tablespoon ground cumin (1 palmful)|
|1||tablespoon roasted ground coriander (1 palmful)|
|2||tablespoons chili powder (2 palmfuls)|
|Coarse black pepper|
|1||large yellow onion, chopped|
|3-5||garlic cloves, chopped (we really like garlic so I put in more, the recipe calls for 3)|
|2||tablespoons all-purpose flour (2 palmfuls)|
|¾||pound cheddar cheese (about 2½ cups)|
|¼||cup fresh cilantro leaves (a generous handful), chopped|
|½||cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (a few handfuls) chopped|
|1||14-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes|
DirectionsPreheat the broiler to high and position the rack 8 inches from the heat.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water and cook the pasta until slightly undercooked—a little chewy at the center.
While the water is coming to a boil, preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the hamburger. When the hamburger is almost finished, but still a little pink, throw in the garlic, jalepeño, and onions and finish cooking until the burger is browned and the onion is translucent. Drain the grease from the skillet and mix in the cumin, coriander and chili powder. Take off the heat or turn heat down low.
In a medium sauce pot (and you can do this while you’re browning the hamburger), melt the butter and add the flour to it. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes over moderate heat and then whisk in the milk. When the milk comes to a bubble, stir in the cheese, cilantro and parsley with a wooden spoon. When the cheese has melted, stir in the tomatoes.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it back into the large pot. Add the contents of the hamburger and all of the Cheddar sauce, and stir to combine. Transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle with a bit more cheese if you wish, and place under the broiler to lightly brown.