Bacon and Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese

10
Diane Rodriguez

By
@dianeluvsparties

Creamy with loads of bacon. Just the right amount of heat. Definitely not for every day, but it's a wonderful treat!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Cheesy, creamy and smoky, this not a traditional macaroni and cheese recipe. We really loved the bits of bacon throughout the mac and cheese. The jalapeno adds a mild spice, but it's not overwhelming. When looking for a special treat for the family, make sure to add this recipe to your menu. Creamy and delicious! The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 12 oz
    dried pasta (I use medium shells or cavatappi)
  • 10 slice
    bacon
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1 medium
    onion, small dice
  • 1 small
    jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, pressed or minced
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c
    chicken broth
  • 1/2 c
    half and half or heavy cream (I use a mix)
  • 1/4 c
    softened cream cheese
  • 8 oz
    brick pepper jack, grated
  • ·
    salt and pepper

How to Make Bacon and Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese

Step-by-Step

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Set aside on a paper lined plate to cool, then chop.
  2. While bacon is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain. Rinse so it doesn't stick together and set aside.
  3. Add the butter to the bacon drippings. When the butter melts, add in the onion and jalapeno. Cook until soft.
  4. Add the minced garlic and cook another minute or so, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  5. Add the flour to the skillet. Stir and cook just for a minute. Add in the chicken broth and half/half or cream. Bring up to a simmer, stirring until sauce thickens.
  6. Once sauce thickens, add in the cream cheese and pepper jack. Stir until melted.
  7. Add in the cooked pasta and stir to coat all the pasta. Add in the chopped bacon and stir. Adjust seasonings with the salt and pepper and serve.

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About Bacon and Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #Pepper Jack, #bacon




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