Jalapeño Bacon Mac and Cheese

Staff Writer
Jalapeño Bacon Mac and Cheese
Courtesy Electus/HUNGRY

For those of you who are constantly looking to spruce up your mac and cheese, this recipe calls for two no-fail ingredients: jalapeño and bacon. That’s not only our favorite part, though, because we’re pretty sure this is the first version we’ve seen with Boursin cheese in the noodle casserole.

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6
Servings
1461
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

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Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces macaroni
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 Cups whole milk
  • 1 package Boursin cheese
  • 16 Ounces sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • One 8-ounce can pickled jalapeños, chopped and undrained
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Cook the pasta in salty boiling water following package directions. Drain and rinse; set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the unsalted butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until smooth and bubbly. Add the milk and Boursin cheese. Cook, stirring, until hot and thickened. Add the Cheddar cheese, bacon, and peppers. Cook, stirring, until cheese has melted. Add the salt and pepper. Combine the sauce with the pasta and stir to blend. Spoon mixture into the baking dish. 

Toss the melted butter, breadcrumbs, and cilantro together and sprinkle over the casserole. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned.
 

Jalapeño Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Jalapeño Cooking Tip

There are 60 varieties of chile peppers, many of which are used in Mexican cooking. Handle them with care. When handling the spicier kinds, gloves are recommended. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your eyes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
97g
100%
Sugar
12g
N/A
Saturated Fat
49g
100%
Cholesterol
234mg
78%
Protein
54g
100%
Carbs
92g
31%
Vitamin A
580µg
64%
Vitamin B12
2µg
34%
Vitamin B6
0.5mg
25.8%
Vitamin C
4mg
7%
Vitamin D
3µg
1%
Vitamin E
2mg
12%
Vitamin K
16µg
20%
Calcium
958mg
96%
Fiber
5g
20%
Folate (food)
64µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
383µg
96%
Folic acid
188µg
N/A
Iron
5mg
29%
Magnesium
111mg
28%
Monounsaturated
30g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
11mg
53%
Phosphorus
935mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
9g
N/A
Potassium
711mg
20%
Riboflavin (B2)
1mg
69%
Sodium
2090mg
87%
Thiamin (B1)
1mg
84%
Trans
2g
N/A
Zinc
7mg
45%