Bacon Jalapeno Mac n Cheese
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Bacon Jalapeno Mac n Cheese

Comfort food done right! 
Course Comfort Food, Dinner, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword Mac n Cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 4115kcal
Author AnotherFoodBlogger

Ingredients

  • 350 g pasta elbows or similar
  • 12 slices cooked bacon chopped
  • 2 - 3 jalapenos sliced

Cheese Sauce

  • 4.5 cups whole milk
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 200 g red leicester cheese grated
  • 50 g parmesan grated
  • 50 g white cheddar grated
  • 50 g mozzarella grated
  • 10 dashes tabasco
  • 1 pinch salt

Breadcrumbs

Instructions

Pasta

  • Cook pasta 2 mins less than packet instructions say.  Strain and set aside

Cheese Sauce

  • Add butter, garlic and flour to sauce pan, cook on a medium heat to make a roux *see tips* and cook for a couple mins
  • Gradually add the milk and whisk until it starts to thicken. Turn heat to low.  
  • Once sauce is starting to thicken add tabasco and  grated cheese.  Stirring to combine.  Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly

Mac n Cheese

  • Fry jalapeno in cast iron or other heavy bottom frying pan.  Once cooked remove from heat and add pasta, cheese sauce and bacon.  Stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and  bake in the oven for 30 mins @ 180c place under a grill to crisp up the breadcrumbs *see tips*

Alternative

  • Instead of baking the mac n cheese you can add all the cooked ingredients into the cheese sauce pan and serve.  Sprinkling some toasted breadcrumbs on top.

Notes

 

Essential Tools

  • whisk
  • wooden spoon
  • frying pan
  • cast iron or other heavy bottom pan
  • sauce pan
  • sharp knife
  • chopping board
  • weighing scales/measuring spoons
  • grater/zester

Tips/Tricks

  • the addition of multiple other toppings for mac n cheese is huge - onion, lobster, shrimp, truffle,  ketchup or vegetables!
  • a roux is a thickening agent used to make sauces.  It is made when cooking fat (butter in this case) and flour together.
  • some recipes call for Mac n Cheese to be baked in the oven and other just on a stove top.  Either way works just fine.  The stove top method I find offers a creamier version where the baked one gives you a stringy cheese affect. It's personal and time dictated too! 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 4115kcal | Carbohydrates: 393g | Protein: 218g | Fat: 182g | Saturated Fat: 101g | Cholesterol: 535mg | Sodium: 4924mg | Potassium: 3698mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 4180IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 3980mg | Iron: 16.6mg