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Jalapeno Popper Mac 'n Cheese

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"With an abundance of jalapenos in the garden, I was looking for new ways to use them, and this popper mac 'n cheese is a great one! This recipe is easily adjustable to add more heat or to take it away. The amount of jalapenos used in this recipe will yield a nice, spicy mac 'n cheese without being too over-the-top spicy. The mac 'n cheese itself is rich and creamy. Enjoy!"
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1 h 40 m servings 333
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 1 1/2-quart baking dish)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and return to pot; set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and jalapenos; cook until just softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in flour, coating vegetables well. Whisk in milk slowly until smooth. Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly until thickened, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Season sauce with garlic powder, seasoned salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in processed cheese and cream cheese until melted and sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes. Season with salt.
  5. Pour macaroni into cheese sauce and stir to coat completely. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Cool briefly.
  7. Crumble bacon and mix with panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni. Top with jalapeno slices.
  8. Bake, uncovered, until browned and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can also use 2 tablespoons butter plus 2 tablespoons bacon grease instead of 1/4 cup butter, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 333 calories; 15.5 33.8 14.4 45 786 Full nutrition

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