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jalapeno popper mac and cheese

Jalapeño Popper Mac And Cheese

Two great tastes - pure comfort food joy
Course Side
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 528kcal


  • 1 pound pasta noodles
  • 1 pound white American cheese sliced (3/4 pound required - 1/4 pound optional)
  • 8 slices bacon crumbled
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers stemmed, seeds removed, and diced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 of normal sized package
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roughly chop 1/2 of the sliced American cheese and place to the side. 
  • Heat to a boil a pot full of water (lightly salted), then add the pasta. Cook the pasta to al dente. Drain the pasta and place to the side. 
  • In a high sided pan over medium heat, add the butter and allow it to melt. Add the jalapeño pepper, and cook the jalapeño in the butter, stirring often, for one minute.
  • Add the flour to the jalapeño and continue to stir until the mix turns pasty and lightly browns (approximately 2 minutes). 
  • Add the heavy cream and milk, stirring often to fully combine. Simmer the mix for 3 to 4 minutes, until the sauce thickens. 
  • Add the cream cheese, chopped American cheese, chili powder, black pepper, and salt. Stir continuously until the cheeses melt. 
  • Add the cooked pasta noodles and bacon to the sauce. Stir to combine. 
  • Transfer half the pasta and sauce into a baking dish, then layer half of the remaining cheese slices over top. Pour in the rest of the pasta and sauce atop the cheese.
  • Bake the mac and cheese for 15 minutes, then (optional) place the remaining cheese slices atop of the dish, spread evenly. Bake for an additional 1 to 2 minutes to melt and lightly brown.
  • Remove the mac and cheese from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Serve. 



Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1006mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1100IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 467mg | Iron: 0.9mg