Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Rita Walters Modified: March 25, 2022
Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

How To Make Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese

Add a burst of spiciness to your usual macaroni and cheese by whipping up this easy recipe! Tender pasta is tossed in a creamy sauce for a luscious meal.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1lbcellentani pasta noodles
  • 3tbspbutter
  • 1jalapeno,seeds and membranes removed, diced
  • 3tbspall purpose flour
  • cupwhole milk
  • cupheavy cream
  • 4ozcream cheese
  • ¾lbwhite American cheese,sliced, dice up ½, leave the other ¼ in slices
  • 1tspsalt
  • ½tspground white pepper
  • ½tspground cumin
  • 6slicesbacon,cooked

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a medium size pot, add the pasta and water to cook in, then cook according to directions on pasta. Remove from heat when the noodles are just before al dente. Drain noodles and set aside.

  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the diced jalapeño and allow to cook for about 1 minute. Add in the flour and stir to combine. Will be a thick paste.

  4. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes until the flour mixture starts to turn slightly brown.

  5. Pour in the milk and heavy cream. Whisk to combine. Allow to simmer for about 3 minutes to thicken.

  6. Add in the cream cheese, then stir until cream cheese is melted and smooth. Add in the diced white American cheese. Stir while the cheese melts. Add in the seasonings and stir. Cook the sauce until is creamy and smooth and all cheese is melted.

  7. Pour the noodles into the cheese sauce. Stir to combine. Fold in the diced bacon.

  8. Pour half of the noodles into a 2-quart baking dish. Layer the remaining white American cheese. Then, top with the remaining noodles.

  9. Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes.

  10. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 973.08kcal
  • Fat: 65.05g
  • Saturated Fat: 35.60g
  • Trans Fat: 0.32g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 20.07g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.74g
  • Carbohydrates: 67.68g
  • Fiber: 2.74g
  • Sugar: 7.17g
  • Protein: 30.31g
  • Cholesterol: 242.60mg
  • Sodium: 874.63mg
  • Calcium: 440.56mg
  • Potassium: 613.87mg
  • Iron: 4.07mg
  • Vitamin A: 407.76µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.18mg
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