Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese

People.  It’s mac and cheese. With bacon and jalapenos. And cheese, of course……cheddar and mozzarella and cream cheese too!  Not to mention, a buttered bread crumb topping. How could it not be delicious?

To say my family loved it would be an understatement. They raved! My kids all love spicy food, so I probably could have used an extra jalapeno, or left a few more of the seeds in to add some extra kick. As is, it wasn’t super spicy, so if you really like spice keep that in mind and include more of the  jalapeno seeds to increase the heat.

If you love jalapeno poppers and you love mac and cheese, you’re going to love this slightly spicy, super cheesy pasta dish!

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Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese
 
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Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 large jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook bacon to desired crispness; drain on paper towels, crumble, and set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente; drain.
  4. Meanwhile, melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  5. Add jalapenos and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until slightly softened.
  6. Stir in flour, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Whisk in milk and broth; heat to boiling and stir constantly for 1 minute or until thickened.
  8. Add cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
  9. Add cooked pasta to cheese sauce and mix gently. Stir in bacon.
  10. Transfer pasta to a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
  11. Combine the 3 tablespoons melted butter with the bread crumbs and sprinkle evenly over the top of the macaroni and cheese.
  12. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until topping is slightly browned and cheese sauce is bubbly.

Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Cassie Craves.

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