Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

  • Prepare: 20M
  • Cook: 30M
  • Total: 50M
Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • Meat

    • 5 strips Bacon, thick cut
  • Produce

    • 1 Jalapeno, large
  • Pasta & Grains

    • 3/4 lb Cavatappi pasta
  • Baking & Spices

    • 3 tbsp Flour
    • 1 Salt and pepper
  • Bread & Baked Goods

    • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • Dairy

    • 4 tbsp Butter, unsalted
    • 2 1/4 cups Milk
    • 1/4 cup Whipped cream cheese
    • 2 cups White cheddar cheese
  • Time
  • Prepare: 20M
  • Cook: 30M
  • Total: 50M

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Ingredients

  • 1 large jalapeno, sliced
  • 5 strips thick-cut bacon
  • ¾ lb. cavatappi pasta
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2.25 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Set aside about half of your jalapeño slices to use as a garnish on the finished mac and cheese. Dice up the remaining jalapeño slices and set aside. Youll need 1 heaping tablespoon of diced jalapeño for the cheese sauce (use more or less depending on your spice preferences).
  • Cook bacon in the oven or on the stovetop until crispy. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate and let cool, then dice into bacon-bit-sized pieces. Set aside.
  • Cook pasta in very salty water until 2 minutes less than al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Return pasta pot to stove and melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add 1 heaping tablespoon of the diced jalapeño to butter and sauté for 30 seconds, just until jalapeño begins to soften.
  • Add flour to butter and whisk to form a roux. Cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add milk to roux, whisking constantly to work out any lumps. Cook, whisking occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Whisk in salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
  • Add cream cheese to sauce and whisk until cream cheese has melted and sauce is smooth.
  • Remove pot from heat and stir in shredded white cheddar cheese.
  • Reserve about ⅕ of your bacon pieces for garnish. Stir the remaining bacon into cheese sauce.
  • Add cooked pasta to sauce and stir to combine.
  • Divide mac and cheese into individual baking dishes (this is what I did) or put it all in one large casserole dish. Set aside while you toast the bread crumbs.
  • Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
  • Add bread crumbs and stir to coat with the melted butter. Toast, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes until breadcrumbs have just barely started to brown. Remove from heat.
  • Spread bread crumbs over mac and cheese in an even layer, then bake at 375 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until bread crumbs have browned up a bit more and pasta has just started to crisp up around the edges.
  • Top mac and cheese with reserved bacon and jalapeño and serve immediately.
  • Serves: Serves 4
  • Prepare: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
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Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese | Life As A Strawberry

Descrition:

Put a pasta-rific twist on a classic jalapeño popper appetizer with this easy jalapeño popper mac and cheese!

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

  • Meat

    • 5 strips Bacon, thick cut
  • Produce

    • 1 Jalapeno, large
  • Pasta & Grains

    • 3/4 lb Cavatappi pasta
  • Baking & Spices

    • 3 tbsp Flour
    • 1 Salt and pepper
  • Bread & Baked Goods

    • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • Dairy

    • 4 tbsp Butter, unsalted
    • 2 1/4 cups Milk
    • 1/4 cup Whipped cream cheese
    • 2 cups White cheddar cheese

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Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese | Life As A Strawberry

Put a pasta-rific twist on a classic jalapeño popper appetizer with this easy jalapeño popper mac and cheese!