Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

One of my all time favorite comfort foods is mac and cheese, because why wouldn’t it be? I love cheese and I love pasta. It’s also a dish that is basically synonymous with America and I’m really ok with that. It tastes good on pretty much everything, pizza, fries, burgers, hot dogs, you name it!!

I usually make a baked mac and cheese because I like that crispy crust, bubbly crust on top but when you’re in a rush and don’t have time for that deliciousness to form then here’s a recipe worth trying.

If you’d like, you can also pair the mac and cheese with some good grilled chicken, as I’ve done. I simply marinated the chicken in olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and a bit of lime juice and threw them on a hot grill until cooked.

Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of short pasta (~1lb/500g)
  • 300g of bacon/pancetta, diced
  • 100g pickled jalapeños (or you could use fresh)
  • 4 tbsp or 60g of butter
  • 1/2 cup or 120ml of milk
  • 1/2 cup or 120ml of heavy cream
  • 5 cups or 500g of shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to the package. I tend to salt my pasta water but don’t put too much salt this time because you will have a lot of salt from the cheese. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, fry off the bacon (or pancetta if you can find it). Drain the bacon and either save the fat or discard.
  3. If you’re using fresh jalapeños, then cook them in about 1 tbsp or 15g of butter until fragrant and tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. On a low heat in the same large pot, melt the butter but do not allow to boil. Slowly add the milk and cream and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Mix in the cheese one cup or 100g at a time, making sure to melt the cheese completely before adding the next batch.
  6. Once all the cheese is melted, add the pasta, bacon and jalapeños and stir until well combined.

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