Shells & Cheese with Chorizo, Avocado and Lime
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Shells & Cheese with Chorizo, Avocado and Lime - A simple, yet inspired meal that will make you fall in love with Mac & Cheese all over again
  • 6 ounces pork chorizo (Mexican style, not Spanish), casing removed.
  • 1 jalapeƱo pepper, or 1 small Anaheim pepper
  • The zest of 1 lime
  • The juice of one lime
  • 2 green onions, green parts only, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted, divided
  • 16 ounces small shell pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • A few good grinds of black pepper
  • 5 ounces extra sharp cheddar, grated
  • 5 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges and cilantro for garnish
  1. Remove the stem from the pepper and cut in half. Remove ribs and seeds. (or keep the seeds if you want more heat.) Toss the pepper into the bowl of a food processor along with the lime juice, lime zest, garlic,green onions and 2 of the avocados. Pulse in the food processor until everything is smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Set aside.
  2. Crumble the chorizo into a heated skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until done. (About 5 minutes.) Drain on paper towels or better, strain in a fine mesh sieve over a bowl.
  3. Cook pasta in a large pot of slated water until al dente. Drain, return to pot and cover to keep warm. Set aside.
  4. Place butter in a 2 to 3 quart saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir until the flour is just browned. (I use a whisk for this, but a wooden spoon works well, too.) Add the milk and stir until the whisk just leaves visible trails in the sauce, or when the sauce coats the back of a spoon and a clear trail is left when you pull a finger through it
  5. Reduce heat to very low and stir in salt and pepper. Add cheese by handfuls, stirring until completely smooth before adding any more. Repeat until all cheese is blended in. Add avocado paste and stir until the sauce is (you guessed it, smooth.) Check for seasoning and add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Pour sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Dice remaining avocado and toss with noodles. Serve hot garnished with cilantro and a splash of lime juice.
  7. Share and enjoy!
Recipe by Uncle Jerry's Kitchen at