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Recipe Video: Jalapeño Popper Mac N’ Cheese

Jalapeño Popper Mac N’ Cheese

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:
15 minutes
Yield: Serves 6 sides

3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
3-4 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1/4 cup (60 mL) flour
2 cups (500 mL) milk
1/2 tsp (3 mL) ground black pepper
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg
2 cups (500 mL) Tex-Mex shredded cheese blend, divided
1/2 cup (125 mL) cream cheese
6 cups (1.5 L) cooked macaroni noodles
1/2 cup (125 mL) panko breadcrumbs

Cooking directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Heat butter and oil in a medium pot over high heat. Add onions and jalapenos and cook for 2 minutes. Add flour and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Lower heat and slowly start adding milk into the flour mixture while continuously whisking. Turn heat back to medium and allow mixture to thicken for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in pepper, salt, nutmeg and  1 ½ cups of the shredded cheese, reserve 1/2 cup for later. Stir in cream cheese. Mix noodles into sauce.
  4. Place Macaroni in an ovenproof cast iron skillet or 2 L casserole dish. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and remaining cheese over top. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the top has been browned.

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