Baked Jalapeno Mac & Cheese

In my 17 months of food blogging, this is the first recipe I have posted that is savory and socially acceptable to eat at lunch or dinner. I mean you could eat Pistachio & Chocolate Cream Tarts for dinner buut you do need to eat your vegetables.

This baked jalapeno mac & cheese is crunchy, cheesy & spicy. Don’t worry, it’s not as spicy as Indian food 😉

Before the Mac & Cheese was baked in the oven
Before the Mac & Cheese was baked in the oven



Baked Jalapeno Mac & Cheese

(Serves 4)

6 oz (171 grams) pasta (use any type you want or have in your pantry)

1 ½ tbsp butter

2 tbsp all purpose flour

2 medium finely diced jalapeno peppers, remove stems and seeds

1 cup milk

½ cup chicken stock, vegetable stock or beer

1 ½ – 2 cups Manchego cheese

Salt & black pepper to taste

4 tbsp breadcrumbs

¼ tsp Paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 375 ℉ (175 ℃).
  2. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions, drain, and set aside.
  3. Lightly coat 4 4inch casserole dishes with olive oil. I used
  4. In a medium size skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Turn heat to low and add flour, using a whisk, mix flour and butter. Add jalapeños and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Next, add skim milk and stock, and continue whisking. Raise heat to medium until mixture becomes a boil and continue whisking until mixture starts boiling and becomes thick.Continue whisking mixture until smooth and add salt and pepper.
  6. Once the mixture has become thick, remove from heat and add shredded cheese and mix until all of the cheese is melted.
  7. Add cooked pasta to casserole dish and pour cheese sauce over the pasta. Use a spatula to mix pasta and cheese sauce, making sure all the pasta is evenly covered.
  8. In a small bowl mix the breadcrumbs with paprika and then sprinkle it over the mac & cheese. If you want, sprinkle more shredded Manchego cheese.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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