Jalapeño Popper Pasta


A cheesy jalapeño pasta dish that will delight even the pickiest of eaters. Spice it up by adding more jalapeños, or tame it down with less. Add rotisserie chicken for another layer of yumminess, or leave it out. Either way, this pasta dish is delicious.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • cooking spray

  • 2 jalapeno peppers

  • 8 slices bacon

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup chopped jalapeno pepper

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 6 ounces Neufchatel cheese, softened

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 cup grated pepper Jack cheese, divided

  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

  • 4 cups cooked farfalle pasta

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Slice 1 jalapeño lengthwise into slivers; slice remaining jalapeño into rounds. Set aside.

  3. 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. Crumble and set aside.

  4. Heat bacon grease in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and 1/2 cup chopped jalapeño in hot grease until onion is soft and translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and chicken broth until well combined. Stir in Neufchâtel cheese until completely melted. Season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat and stir in 1/2 cup pepper Jack cheese and 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese until melted. Add cooked pasta, chicken, and 1/2 of the bacon.

  5. Pour 1/2 of the pasta mixture into the prepared dish and top with jalapeño slivers. Cover with remaining pasta mixture and top with remaining pepper Jack and Cheddar cheese. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and add jalapeño slices and remaining bacon on top. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes more.


You may substitute regular cream cheese for Neufchâtel cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

616 Calories
34g Fat
38g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 616
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 1302mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 375mg 29%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 373mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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