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Jalapeno-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

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Just spicy enough, with a nice smoky richness from the bacon. Elevates comfort food into an art!

Ingredients

  • 5 slices Bacon
  • 3 whole Jalapeno Peppers, Diced
  • 1 pound Macaroni Or Rotini Pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheese Of Your Choice
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 pinch Salt

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Fry bacon until crisp but not burned. Set aside and crumble when cooled.

3. Saute diced jalapeno peppers in the leftover bacon grease. You can also clean out the grease and saute in an oil of your choice. I simply prefer the added bacony goodness! Set aside sauteed jalapenos.

4. Boil water for pasta and cook according to package directions.

5. While pasta is cooking, make the sauce. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter. Add flour and whisk together to form a roux. (Mixture should resemble wet sand and smell slightly nutty.)

6. Add milk and cream, stirring constantly to incorporate.

7. Add cheeses. I like to use a combination of smoked gruyere, sharp cheddar, and mozzarella, but you can adjust the cheeses and proportions to your taste.

8. Add a pinch of nutmeg, and salt to taste. Continue stirring until the cheeses have all melted and the sauce mixture has thickened…about 5 to 8 minutes.

9. Add sauteed jalapenos and crumbled bacon to the sauce, stirring to combine fully.

10. Spread half of the cooked pasta evenly across the bottom of a greased 9″x13″ baking dish. Pour half of the sauce over the pasta. Then spread the other half of the pasta across, and pour on the last half of the cheese sauce. (If you want, you can then sprinkle additional shredded cheese over the top of everything. This isn’t a necessary step, but it adds that nice “cheese overload” factor.)

11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Jaclyn on 9.3.2010

Oh gosh, my mouth watered as I read this! Going to put it on my menu here soon to make!

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brachylove on 1.7.2011

This was really good. I wish it had turned out a little creamer though. I may cut back on the cooking time just a hair next time.

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misswhit85 on 10.11.2010

Very good stuff, I wish I would have added some cayenne pepper to the sauce before baking because my jalapenos were pretty mild.

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