March 22, 2013
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serves Serves 4, active time 30 mintues, total time 30 mintues
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 whole chipotle chilis packed in adobo, minced, plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from can
- 1 serrano chili or jalapeño chili, finely minced
- 6 ounces block American cheese, roughly grated or diced
- 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, roughly grated or diced
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
- 4 finely sliced scallions
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Combine cornstarch, evaporated milk, and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until homogenous. Set aside.
Cook pasta in a large stock pot in salted water according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water. Return to stock pot and add cooking water, beans, chipotle chilies, serrano or jalapeño, evaporated milk mixture, and cheeses. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy and smooth. Stir in cilantro and scallions, reserving some for garnish. Transfer to serving bowl, top with remaining cilantro and scallions, and serve immediately.