Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese

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When ever I hear “Pepper-Jack” I think of my mom,

it’s so silly.

She loves cheese just as much and I do and I recall her buying Pepper-Jack cheese in the 80’s it was a regular item in our fridge.

I don’t recall it going into Mac and Cheese and well, that was a BIG mistake I just fixed and…

if you like Pepper-Jack Cheese and the thought of spicing up Mac and Cheese,

well start thanking me now!

Really this is a WINNER and I have it on good authority many felt the same way. I recently made a big batch of this to bring to a party and everyone seemed to love it, YIPPEE! I love when that happens.

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This creamy spicy cheesy sauce is just wonderful!

But I didn’t stop there I added roasted jalapeños  crisp bacon and cilantro to the top of the dish and well.

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Yep, I think it put it over the top, in a good way of course.

The way…. only bacon can do it.

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Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese
  • 1 pound cooked pasta (I used mini Penne)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ pound (approx. 2 cups) grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ pound (approx. 1 cup ) grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 roasted, seeded, diced jalapeños.
  • ½ cup crumbled bacon
  • cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, roasted, seeded and diced.
  1. While I prepare the sauce I cook the pasta that way the pasta is hot when the sauce is complete.
  2. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil
  3. Add butter and flour and whisk until butter is melted and cook the flour for a minute on medium heat.
  4. Slowly add the milk in while whisking, keep adding the milk until it's all incorporated and looks like a sauce. If you add the milk too quickly it will be lumpy, add ½ cup at a time slowly while whisking:trust me, I've been in a hurry and rushed it and wanted to start all over sometimes.
  5. Once all the milk is incorporated, add the cheeses and whisk the cheese into the sauce until smooth.
  6. Stir in 3 roasted and diced jalapeños.
  7. Pour sauce over pasta.
  8. To top off this dish, I heated the crumbled bacon until it was crispy.
  9. Then topped the Pepper-Jack Mac and Cheese with the bacon, cilantro and the additional jalapeño.
  10. The large dish pictured is this recipe doubled-two pounds of pasta-which I find is a great amount to bring to a party.









Step by Step instructions for creating a thick sauce for Mac and Cheese.






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  1. 1

    You’re killing me! Looks delicious and holy bacon… yes please!

  2. 2

    Over the top mac and cheese with pepper jack cheese? That is one of the most amazing mac and cheese dishes I have ever seen!!! I love it!

  3. 3

    WOW. this look amazing. I am a big pepper jack fan from way back. This is a must try. Thanks!

  4. 4

    Seriously?? I could eat that entire pan!! YUM!! I don’t buy a ton of pepper jack, but I buy colby jack like it’s going out of style, so it’s not a far jump for me to the pepper jack wagon :)

  5. 5

    Pepper Jack has always been one of my favorite cheeses! You have taken mac and cheese a leap into greatness with the addition of the jalapeños and bacon. Especially the bacon. Forget the potluck. I fear I would have to make the 2-pound panful just for home.

  6. 6

    I love pepperjack! And working at a cheese shop for my day-job isn’t easy — I’m around pepperjack cheese (among like, millions of other delicious cheese) all day. Someone’s gotta do it ;) I am SO making this for my family next week! I love the spicy twist on mac and cheese!!

  7. 7

    Mmmm I love pepperjack cheese. It’s so creamy yet a little spicy! The perfect cheese. I bet that mac n cheese was awesome!

  8. 8

    My kids do love pepperjack cheese – that little kick makes all the difference.

  9. 9

    Um, is that bacon there on top???? *Swoon* This is the best recipe EVERRRRR.

  10. 10
    Carolyn says:

    Wow, that is one loaded mac and cheese!

  11. 11

    Yes please!!

  12. 12

    I love all mac and cheese dishes! I would love to dig into this at a party~

  13. 13

    Ooh yes! Spicy mac & cheese is my favorite mac & cheese. :D

  14. 14

    Oh my gosh girl. How fabulous is this mac and cheese?? Love!!

  15. 15

    Fantastic southwestern twist on mac and cheese. Love it!

  16. 16

    I’ve yet to try mac and cheese with bacon on it but damn it looks good!

  17. 17

    Oh my gosh, what a totally delicious idea! Love it!

  18. 18

    my family LOVES pepper jack cheese – I’ll have to make this for them! Thanks Diane

  19. 19

    No way your mom loves or eats cheese more than I do – ask my hips. XO

  20. 20

    Your mom had the right idea, a flavor explosion all in one spot.


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