Cooking Classics: Jalapeño Macaroni & Cheese

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Jalapeño Macaroni & Cheese

Good barbecue deserves good mac & cheese. Spicy macaroni & cheese pairs perfectly with a plate of smoky barbecue & believe it or not, you can make your own in a few easy steps. Jalapeño Macaroni & Cheese starts with a little cooked penne pasta, then tossed in a delicious cheese filled white sauce that’s prepared on the stovetop. A combination of cheeses makes an impact in the overall flavor of the final dish & you can substitute several varieties in the recipe for a thousand different ways to enjoy this classic side dish favorite. Try Jarlesberg, extra sharp Cheddar & Romano or Gouda, mild Cheddar & Monterey Jack. The key is to blend a mix of pungent & milder flavors for a delightfully tasty end result. Once the base mixture has been prepared, portion it into either a large baking dish or smaller ramekins. Learn how to make this crowd-pleasing dish that’s ideal to serve with summer-fresh recipe favorites.


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makes 6 servings

1/2 {16-oz} box penne pasta
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
1 small jalapeno, minced
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 3/4 cups Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend, divided
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook the pasta according to package instructions in a 3-quart saucepan. Drain & set aside. Melt the butter in the same saucepan over Medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Whisk in the cream, the milk, the jalapeno, the salt & pepper to taste. Stir vigorously with the whisk until smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Remove the mixture from the heat. Whisk in 1 cup of the Colby-Monterey Jack cheese & the remaining cheeses. Stir in the cooked pasta. Portion the pasta into a lightly greased 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Top with the remaining 3/4 cup Colby-Monterey Jack cheese. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until hot, bubbly & the cheese begins to turn golden brown.

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How To Make Jalapeño Macaroni & Cheese 

Macaroni & cheese makes a wonderful addition to many weeknight & entertaining meals & a classic southern vegetable plate would be the same without this comforting side dish. With minimal effort, you have a filling pasta dish that may be served with kabobs, tomato salads & so much more


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A few pieces of equipment will be necessary in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe before beginning. Here’s what you should know.


No. 1

Portion the pasta into a lightly greased 11 x 7-inch baking dish. 


No. 2

Top with the remaining 3/4 cup Colby-Monterey Jack cheese. 


No. 3

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until hot, bubbly & the cheese begins to turn golden brown.

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