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Jalapeno & Bacon Mac n’ Cheese #SundaySupper

This is the time of year for comfort food.  As soon as the weather turns cooler, we all start craving those warm comfort foods.  Today for #SundaySupper Isabel, of Family Foodie is hosting this great “Comfort Food with Lee Woodruff” event.  This is sure to be a fun event.  Not only do you walk away with 50+ comfort food recipes, but Lee Woodruff herself is joining us for the Twitter Chat this evening.  Come join in the fun, and you will have a chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies of her new book, Those We Love Most.

I asked my husband for help with this weeks theme.  He came up with a few ideas, but I thought his Jalapeno Mac n’ cheese was the best.  I did add some bacon to make it even better.  I seeded the jalapenos so it wouldn’t be too spicy, but if you want some serious heat; leave the seeds in.  My husband loves things spicy, so I probably should have left more of the seeds in, but I needed to be able to eat it too :)

Now, I know mac n’ cheese is traditionally a very high calorie meal.  This is by no means a light version, and could be lightened up more, I am sure.  I did try to make it a little more healthy.  I reduced the amount of butter from some other recipes I saw.  I used skim milk, and in place of the cream I used half and half.  Finally, I found a reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese by Cabot that I used.  It was still creamy, and cheesy, and comforting, so I don’t think any calories were missed.  Plus, if you use whole wheat pasta (or a brand made with veggies like I did), you are upping the fiber and protein.


Jalapeno & Bacon Mac n' Cheese #SundaySupper
 
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Creamy comfort food at its best. Mac n' Cheese with spicy jalapenos and bacon.
Ingredients
  • 1 box short cut pasta, cooked 2 minutes shy of done
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 Tbls butter
  • 4 Tbls flour
  • 2 cups milk (I used skim milk)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (I used half and half)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (reduced fat is fine), grated
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Once you have cooked the bacon, reserve a couple teaspoons of the grease. Add the breadcrumbs to the pan, and toast lightly. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Saute jalapeno for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the flour, and cook for another minute. Add the milk and cream, and whisk until smooth. Cook for 5 minutes. Slowly add in the cheese, stirring constantly until melty. Add salt, pepper, bacon and cooked pasta. Pour into a large baking dish (2 qt dish). Sprinkle the toasted breadcrumbs evenly over the pasta. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  4. Let set for a few minutes before serving.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Oh your mac and cheese looks amazing. I am not sure about the jalapeno, I cant hang like I used to!

  2. This looks so delicious. I love some kick to a dish and this sounds perfect.

  3. JALAPENO? in mac n cheese? Yes please!!

  4. You had me with jalapeno and then bacon was just a bonus! Totally yummy mac and cheese.

  5. The only thing I have to say about this is that I want it. And gorgeous photos!

  6. Love that you lightened this up a bit because I would seriously eat the entire pan!

  7. dang… that sounds amazing.

  8. YUMMMM!!! This dish sounds absolutely amazing. Bacon AND jalapeno…two amazing additions to mac n’ cheese, if you ask me!

  9. Nummy! I love homemade mac and cheese…and jalapeno and bacon makes it even better in my book! Saving this one since my hubby would LOVE it!

  10. This is the BEST idea!! I have so many jalapenos right now thanks to my plant and have been looking for ways to use them.

  11. Thanks for lightening up mac & cheese! Love the addition of jalapeno and bacon.

  12. LOVE this. Mac & Cheese is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. This is the kicked up version. YUM!

  13. This looks like pure comfort food!

  14. Wow! I would love to try this mac and cheese recipe out! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh my goodness, my husband would go crazy for this!! I will have to make it for him!!

  16. Jalapeños and bacon and cheese, oh my! This mac and cheese looks absolutely fantastic. I’m pinning this. My hubby is going to go nuts when he sees this at the dinner table.

  17. You had me at bacon. Passing this off to B-Dude cuz he was asking me about homemade mac n cheese. He will flip his lid for this. Great recipe Erin.

  18. This looks scrumptious! Mac N’ Cheese is one just one of my guilty pleasures. :)

  19. The saltiness of the bacon and kick of the jalapeños turn a mac and cheese into something wonderful. I just love this recipe!

  20. Jalapeno AND bacon?! Oh my, how decadent–definitely need to try this!

  21. Oh, yeah….this is PURE comfort food! Beautifully done, Erin!

  22. Yum! This baked mac n cheese looks fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Jalapeno and bacon in mac and cheese – now that is perfect! Pinning NOW to make later. Delish!!!

  24. This would be the mac n’cheese for me :) One that is spicy – Yummy!!!

  25. Jalapeños and bacon and cheese?! You have my undivided attention here! This looks terrific, E!

  26. I would enjoy this pasta dish with the addition of heat to it, oh yeah I like it a bit spicy!

  27. The ultimate comfort food. I don’t think I would want mac n cheese any other way.

  28. My husband loves it when I add jalapenos to my mac and cheese, I think the addition of bacon would make it just that much better.

  29. Mac and Cheese with a kick, love it!

  30. Yeah… nothing wrong with this dish… it’s AWESOME! I love every flavor you’ve got going on here….well done! :)

  31. Love this! I adore both bacon and jalepenos. Great post.

  32. I adore jalapenos, and I especially appreciate them in macaroni and cheese. Great post!

  33. Delicious recipe, thank you for sharing.

  34. Gosh, I love jalapenos!! I’ve taken to eating them with everything and even by themselves. I am so happy you use it as an ingredient and in mac ‘n cheese, no less!

  35. Hard to believe one can still have a new twist on mac & cheese…but the use of jalapenos here definitely qualifies this as new & creative!

  36. I love the jalapenos! Oh, and the bacon! Great recipe…thanks for sharing!

  37. I love this dish with the jalapenos!! Fabulous idea!!

  38. Holy mac and cheese! I think I may have died and gone to heaven! This is my fave comfort food! Add some spicy jalapenos, and I am in nirvana!!!

  39. Yummm! I would love some jalapeno’s in my mac and cheese please. What a great combo. I love spicy.

  40. Just thinking of mac & cheese makes my mouth water…especially w/ jalapeno!! This sounds amazing.

  41. what a great kick to an old classic! yum!

  42. Oh my this looks so good. I love spic and I bet those jalapenos taste so good with all that cheese.

  43. Love the addition of bacon & jalapenos :) Yummm ! Grown up mac & cheese ! Will be making this !

  44. A recipe my husband would really love! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Chris Baccus says:

    Can’t wait to make this tomorrow.

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