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Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese is comfort food and an ultimate game day appetizer collided into one dish. Your game day menu just scored a win.
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8
Calories: 973kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 1 pound pasta shells
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 6-8 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 cup jalapenos diced
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted

Optional topping

  • fresh parsley


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Strain and rinse with cold water, set aside.
  • Cook bacon until crispy. Crumble and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If you don't have an oven safe pot, lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a large sauce pan or pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter medium-high heat.
  • Gradually whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat to low and slowly whisk in the milk, cornstarch, evaporated milk, Dijon mustard, and remaining spices.
  • Once everything is combined increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  • Once brought to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let it simmer 4-5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sharp cheddar cheese until melted.
  • Add pasta and stir to combine, making sure all of the noodles are evenly coated.
  • If you are not using an oven safe pot, transfer pasta into prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle jalapenos evenly in one layer over the mac & cheese. Repeat with the bacon.
  • Top the bacon with the provolone cheese making sure that all of the noodles and bacon are covered.
  • Then top with bread crumbs.
  • Drizzle melted butter over bread crumbs and place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Once baked, if the bread crumbs are not a light golden brown, turn the oven to low broil and broil for a few minutes until bread crumbs are golden.
  • Remove from oven, let it sit for 8-10 minutes. Then serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories: 973kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1370mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1585IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 833mg | Iron: 2.2mg