Jalapeño Mac-N-Cheese

November 26, 2015
1 Ratings
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

We love this spicy mac-n-cheese all football season long - an absolute hit at any Super Bowl party. —Amy Hebert

What You'll Need
  • 12 ounces pasta (orecchiette, radiatore, fusilli, anything that will help carry the sauce)
  • 3 jalapeños
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 12 ounces pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Italian breadcrumbs to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prep your cooking ingredients - mince the garlic, mince the yellow onion, seed & mince the jalapeños, shred the cheese, combine the flour & dry seasonings.
  3. Cook & drain the pasta - set aside to cool.
  4. Melt butter in medium sauce pan.
  5. Sauté the minced garlic, onion & jalapeño until tender.
  6. Add flour & dry seasoning mixture one tablespoon at a time - stir until mixture begins to clump.
  7. Gradually add the milk, stirring occasionally, until smooth & creamy.
  8. Gradually add the cheese, stirring occasionally, until melted.
  9. Salt and pepper the cheese sauce to taste.
  10. Transfer pasta to a buttered casserole dish.
  11. Pour cheese sauce over pasta.
  12. Top with Italian bread crumbs, then bake until the top is brown and bubbling.

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2 Reviews

Erin W. April 13, 2020
Simple enough recipe, tastes good. The recipe has a few omissions. There aren't any onions or jalapeño mentioned in the ingredient list. The recipe doesn't say when to add the dry spices. It was easy enough to figure out though!
Amy H. April 18, 2020
Oh my goodness, great catch! I originally published this recipe to Food52 simply so that I could toss all my hand scrawled recipe cards - clearly transcribed everything too hastily *face palm*

I've updated the recipe and glad you were able to figure everything out.