Jalapeño Mac n’ Cheese

jalapeno-popper-mac-and-cheese-3-650x978This dish is amazing. Everyone loves macaroni and cheese, and this upgrade with jalapeños makes it even better! Not exactly diet friendly, but this is a great dish to bring to parties and pot lucks and I promise it will fly out of it’s bowl. I’ve never had to bring home leftovers. #partypleaser #anythingbacon #spicy

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 box uncooked pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic sat
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 lb. Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/2 lb. American cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 6 oz. bacon crumbles
  • 6-10 oz. sliced jalapeños and their juice, depending on your preference!

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To start, you’ll need a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Melt your butter. Next, prepare a pot to boil the pasta. Follow the directions on the pasta box, but it shouldn’t take longer than 12 minutes. Drain noodles, add 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, and set aside.
  3. Once the butter has melted, whisk the flour in one tbsp. at a time. If you take the pot off the burner while your whisking the flour, it’ll be easier to work with. Flour, when overheated, gets clumpy–and you don’t want that!
  4. Add the ground mustard, pepper, and 1/2 tsp. garlic salt to the sauce pan. Stir well. Turn the heat up on the burner from medium-low to medium.
  5. Cube your Velvetta and American cheese and slowly add it to the sauce pan.
  6. Add the sliced jalapeños and their juice and stir.
  7. Next, add only some of the milk, and alternate between adding cheese cubes and pouring milk. Add more milk depending on how thick you prefer your cheese sauce.
  8. When the cheese sauce is ready, mix it with the noodles and pour into an un-greased 9×13 baking dish. Top it off by adding a layer of shredded cheddar cheese, the bacon, some more jalapeño slices, and breadcrumbs. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or into the cheese is bubbly and the bread crumbs have browned, and serve!

Happy munching!

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