Bacon, Cheddar and Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

Bacon, Cheddar and Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • butter - 6 tbsp, divided

  • white bread - 4 slices, crusts removed

  • bacon - about 10 strips, cut into pieces

  • jalapenos - 2, seeded and diced

  • flour - 4 tbsp

  • milk - 4 cups

  • salt and pepper - use very generously

  • irish white cheddar - 2 cups, shredded

  • sharp cheddar - 2½ cups, shredded and divided

  • pasta - 1 lb (500 g), short or tubular cooked about 2 mins less than package directions

Directions

Pre heat your oven to 350 F (175 C) and grease a medium baking dish. (I used a large pie pan) Melt 2 tbsp of the butter and in a small bowl toss it with the bread pieces then set aside. Cook the bacon in a heavy bottomed pot. When cooked, remove it to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Remove most of the bacon grease from the pot, but leave any bits that are stuck to the bottom. Add the 4 tbsp butter and jalapeno and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, scraping up the bacon bits. Whisk in the flour, and cook - whisking constantly - for about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and just about to simmer - about 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Generously add salt and pepper and stir in the white cheddar and two cups of the sharp cheddar - stir until melted, then fold in the bacon and the pasta. Pour the pasta into the prepared dish, toss the bread pieces with the remaining 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar and spread over the top. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes, until bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.


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