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Jalapeno and Bacon Mac + Cheese

Jalapeno and Bacon Mac + Cheese

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

8 oz Fresh Macaroni pasta

½ lb Bacon (cooked and diced)

2 Jalapeno’s (diced)

3 Tablespoons of Butter

1/3 Cup of Flour

3 Cups of Half & Half Cream (warmed up)

2 Cups of Cheddar (grated)

1 Cup of Pepper Jack Cheese (grated)

1 Cup of Mozzarella Cheese (grated)

2 Teaspoons of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Pepper

½ Teaspoon of Liquid Smoke

½ Teaspoon of Dry Mustard 

½ Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

Topping:

¾ Cup of Panko Crumbs

¼ Cup of Parmesan Cheese (grated)

3 Tablespoon of Butter

Method:

  1. Cook pasta until al dente – and cool down
  2. Cook off bacon until crispy – reserve
  3. Dice jalapeno and reserve
  4. In a medium size stainless steel pot, on medium heat, melt butter
    1. Once butter is melted add flour and cook for 5 minutes until flour taste is gone
  5. Slowly add warmed up half and half and stir until flour has dissolved
  6. Slowly add each of the cheeses to the cream mixture and whisk until combined
  7. Add the spices and then season to taste with S+P
  8. Cool the sauce down and add the macaroni to it
  9. Put the macaroni and sauce together into a roasting pan
  10. Top with the cooked bacon and diced jalapeno
  11. Combine all the topping ingredients and top the roast pan of mac and cheese
  12. Bake at 365 F for 35 minutes or until top is brown and cheese sauce is bubbling
  13. Cool for 10 minutes and then serve

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