Close-up of Peppers, Shells & Cheese, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, season 34.
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Peppers Shells & Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
This is a spicy take on one of Ree’s all-time favorite dishes, mac ‘n’ cheese. It can be cooked in a matter of minutes, perfect for those who lead busy lives.



  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the peppers, onions and garlic. Season with the salt, black pepper and chile powder. Cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle over the flour and stir as you add. Let cook for 1 minute. While whisking, slowly pour in the milk, followed by the cream. Cook until thick and bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cheese in handfuls until completely melted. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Stir in the pasta until completely coated. Bowl up and garnish with the green onions.