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Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese combines two classic dishes into one epic meal. The jalapeno popper is deconstructed and mixed in with macaroni and cheese for an extra creamy and cheesy meal.

The secret to making the ultimate macaroni and cheese lies within this classic appetizer. Cream cheese adds a level of creaminess you can’t get from just melted cheese.

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese in a black casserole dish

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Ingredients

To make this jalapeno popper casserole, you will need the following ingredients (see the recipe card below for exact amounts):

  • macaroni pasta
  • bacon
  • butter
  • jalapeños
  • all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • milk
  • cream cheese
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • shredded monterey or cheddar jack cheese
  • panko bread crumbs
  • shredded parmesan cheese
Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Ingredients arranged in bowls in a flat lay

How to Make Bacon Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once melted, add in jalapeños and sauté for 4-5 minutes, until softened.
  3. Whisk in flour, letting it cook for at least 1 minute to cook out the raw flavor. Whisk in salt, pepper and milk, whisking until smooth. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often, until the sauce starts to thicken.
  4. Stir in cream cheese and both shredded cheeses and whisk until completely smooth.
  5. Stir in the cooked macaroni and bacon pieces and remove from heat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together bread crumbs, melted butter and parmesan cheese. Top the macaroni with bread crumb mixture in an even layer.
  7. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and serve with more jalapeno slices.
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Storage Instructions

Store macaroni and cheese in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. I do not recommend freezing mac and cheese.

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Yield: 1 casserole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese combines two classic dishes into one epic meal. The jalapeno popper is deconstructed and mixed in with macaroni and cheese for an extra creamy and cheesy meal.

Ingredients

For the Topping:

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once melted, add in jalapeños and sauté for 4-5 minutes, until softened.
  3. Whisk in flour, letting it cook for at least 1 minute to cook out the raw flavor. Whisk in salt, pepper and milk, whisking until smooth. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often, until the sauce starts to thicken.
  4. Stir in cream cheese and both shredded cheeses and whisk until completely smooth.
  5. Stir in the cooked macaroni and bacon pieces and remove from heat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together bread crumbs, melted butter and parmesan cheese. Top the macaroni with bread crumb mixture in an even layer.
  7. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and serve with more jalapeno slices.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 905Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 32gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 1726mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 42g

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