Summer vegetables and an ultra creamy cheesy sauce make this stovetop enchilada mac and cheese a comfort food favorite.
stovetop enchilada mac and cheese

My mission for the rest of the summer (should I choose to accept it), is to eat CORN.

All the corn.

So much corn.

Can’t. Get. Enough. Corn.

stovetop enchilada mac and cheese

So who’s with me?

I seriously bought TEN ears of corn at last week’s grocery shopping trip. Honestly, I needed TWENTY for the week’s meal plan, but I didn’t want to give the.boy a heart attack. Already at ten he was gravely concerned for my mental health. As well as for whether we would have enough space in our crisper drawer (<–ummm, nope).

What that meant for our meals last week was that I DIDN’T get to make the raspberry cornbread with cornbread crumble that I had planned but that I DID get to make this stovetop enchilada mac and cheese.

You win some, you lose some. (But the truth is that with this mac and cheese on the menu, you’re mostly winning.)

stovetop enchilada mac and cheese

This recipe is really as easy as boiling water for pasta. And chopping veggies. And simmering them in pre-made enchilada sauce. And stirring in cheese.


I pretty much could not be more excited about eating it hourly weekly until fresh local corn is no longer available at the supermarket. I suspect you’ll feel the same.

Stovetop Summer Enchilada Mac and Cheese
Summer vegetables and an ultra creamy cheesy sauce make this stovetop enchilada mac and cheese a comfort food favorite.
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 lb pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 4 ears corn
  • 15 oz jar enchilada sauce
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 12 oz cheddar cheese
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions or to desired consistency. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta cooks, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the zucchini and bell pepper to the pot. Saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the kernels from the corn to the pot and saute for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir the enchilada sauce into the vegetables and bring to a simmer. Stir in the goat cheese and the cheddar cheese, cooking until melted and thoroughly incorporated into the sauce. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Toss with the pasta and serve warm.
Adapted from Half Baked Harvest
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th of recipe


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9 Responses to Stovetop Summer Enchilada Mac and Cheese

  1. Kate says:

    This is brilliant beyond all belief. It might be my new favorite “enchilada” recipe.

  2. Foodiewife says:

    How do you do it, Joanne? How do you study, be a wife and a mom of a beautiful baby girl– and blog on a regular basis? I bow down to you. This looks fantastic, and yes, I have ears of corn that I plan to eat any way that I can. when summer ends here. This recipe looks like a real winner. Well, um, I’ll swap out the goat cheese for another. As you know, it’s the only cheese on the planet, I can’t seem to learn to eat 😉

  3. Heather says:

    This sounds amazing!!! Seriously.

  4. Pam says:

    I love corn too! My mac & cheese/corn loving son would really dig this combo.

  5. What a fantastic idea! I looove the idea of enchilada sauce in a different format. Nicely done! I can see this being great use for leftovers!

  6. This is a creative and tasty twist on mac n’ cheese. I’m impressed by how much you are able to cook and blog with your new baby. Our twins are almost 5 weeks old. I feel like I’m lucky if we even get to eat anything other than cereal lately – haha. 😉

  7. mjskitchen says:

    Corn and tomatoes – oh yes!!!! This is a great dish and does combine the best of mac & cheese and enchiladas!

  8. Looks delicious! I haven’t eaten nearly enough corn this summer! 🙂

  9. Barbara says:

    Can you substitute the goat cheese with something else? 🙂

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