Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese

Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese – creamy mac with a kick is my version of the classic for our Mac and Cheese Mania!!

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When you think classic comfort food, mac and cheese is most likely to be on top of the list. Make it homemade, with a creamy cheese sauce and a little bit of kick from the Pepper Jack cheese and jalapenos and sprinkle with a crunchy topping – you just took the mac and cheese to a whole new level.

It all starts with a white sauce base that every home cook needs to know how to make. Once you master this sauce – you will be using it in many dishes. It’s super easy but there is a secret to it.

It’s good to have all the ingredients ready and close to the stove. Melt the butter in the skillet, then add the flour. It will quickly absorb the butter and start to bubble. Cook it for 30 to 40 seconds. Next (and this is the secret) you add the milk, 1/4 of a cup at a time, SLOWLY drizzling it into the flour mixture. Whisk until the mixture thickens. Repeat until you use all the milk.

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Now it’s time to add the cheese and stir it all up until the cheese melts into the milk mixture. Season to taste.

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You just made a creamy cheese sauce! At this point you can add anything you would like in your mac and cheese. Veggies, meat – anything goes!

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Stir it all up to coat everything in the sauce.

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Your mac and cheese is ready! I added a crunchy topping just for fun and texture. The jalapeno slices were my Hubby’s request. icon smile Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese

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This recipe is a part of Mac and Cheese Mania hosted by Rachel from Rachel Cooks and Brandi from Nutmeg Nanny. We invite you to join us!

Link up your favorite mac and cheese recipes! Visit or to join the fun! You don’t have to be a blogger to be a part of it! Prizes up for grabs include Door to Door Organics Gift Cards, OXO Gift Baskets, Zak Designs Prize Pack, a year’s supply of Cabot cheese, a Vermont Creamery gift basket, a risotto kit from Marx Foods, Barilla pasta, Anolon Advanced Bronze 4.5 Qt. Tapered Stockpot, Rachael Ray Stoneware Casseroval, Wusthof CLASSIC Studio Block Set, Microplane Graters and Kitchen Tools, a SavorX Starter Block with spices and Le Cordon Bleu by Swissmar oven to table roasters. All giveaways open to US residents over the age of 18 only.

For more mac and cheese inspiration, check out these blogs and their recipes:

Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese by Heather’s Dish
Buffalo Cheddar Mac and Cheese by Eats Well With Others
Creamy Spinach Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese with Gouda by Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Light Sweet Potato Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe by Cookin’ Canuck
Macaroni and Cheese Fritters by Amuse Your Bouche
Skinny Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole by A Zesty Bite
Creamy Pancetta + Leek Macaroni and Cheese by Simply Scratch
Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese by Cravings of a Lunatic
Pizza Mac and Cheese by Very Culinary
Crab Mac and Cheese by Dine & Dish
Bacon & Eggs Breakfast Mac & Cheese by Sweet Remedy
Fried Mac & Cheese Balls by The Little Kitchen
Sweet Pork Macaroni and Cheese by Oh, Sweet Basil
Butternut Squash Quinoa Mac n’ Cheese Bake by Queen of Quinoa
Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese by Prevention RD
Butternut Mac and Cheese with Pretzel Crust by Healthy. Delicious.
Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crunchy Pita Chip Topping by The Law Student’s Wife
Potato Skin Mac and Cheese by Eat Your Heart Out
Homestyle Baked Mac & Cheese by Pocket Change Gourmet
Bacon Mac and Cheese Egg Rolls by Miss in the Kitchen
Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese by Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Blue Cheese Bechamel Mac and Cheese by Sweetphi
Korean Mac & Cheese by Cooking with Books
Black and Blue Mac and Cheese by Fabtastic Eats
Tomato and Leek Mac and Cheese by Susie Freaking Homemaker
Healthier Mac & Cheese with Chipotle Peppers by Go Gingham
Mac and Cheese Ice Cream by Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
Blue Cheese & Bacon Macaroni & Cheese by Gimme Some Oven
Poutine Mac and Cheese with Andouille Gravy by Climbing Grier Mountain
Double Smoked Chicken Mac and Cheese by Girl Carnivore
Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese with Peas and Bacon by Running to the Kitchen
Nudel Gratin by Crumbs and Chaos
Mushroom and Truffle Sea Salt White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese by Big Bear’s Wife
Roasted Poblano and Goat Cheese Mac by Daisy at Home
Creamy Cauliflower ‘n Cheese with Bacon by Barefeet in the Kitchen
Wisconsin Cheese, Brats, and Onion Macaroni and Cheese by a farmgirl’s dabbles
Spinach Queso Mac & Cheese by Bake Your Day
Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese with a Pancetta Parmesan Crust by Mountain Mama Cooks
French Onion Mac & Cheese by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Healthier Macaroni and Cheese by Texanerin Baking
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese by CafeTerraBlog
Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Peppers by Cook the Story
Jack Daniels Mac and Cheese by The Slow Roasted Italian
Lobster Mac and Cheese by FoodieCrush
Green Chili 5-cheese Baked Mac and Cheese by A Southern Fairytale
Homemade Elbow Noodle Tutorial + a Recipe for Roasted Veggie Mac by Bakeaholic Mama
Salsa Verde Mac-n-Cheese (two ways) by Eat2Gather
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Crispy Panko Topping by The Lemon Bowl

Mac and Cheese Mania is being sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO




  1. says

    Ah, those photos are so hunger-inducing! I only know one person who doesn’t like mac n cheese and that’s my kid. Very odd child! Doesn’t stop me making it regularly though! I like it with a bit of a kick and usually douse mine in tabasco sauce so this recipe is right up my alley.

  2. Rachel Cooks says

    Love how creamy this is! And I just so happen to have some pepper jack… :)

    Thanks for helping us kick off our event!

  3. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says

    Oh, goodness! I’m totally loving this Mac and Cheese recipe of yours, Anna! Love, love, love me some mac and cheese. How does one get involved in these fabulous food blogging events? How fun! Thanks for sharing and have a great week! xo

  4. Phi says

    This looks fantastic!!! I love a little kick with my mac and cheese so i’m definitely going to have to try this!

  5. Sarah @ Daisy at Home says

    I love using pepperjack in quesadillas and on cheesey bread. I’ve never thought to throw some into my Mac! Yum!

  6. Jennie @themessybakerblog says

    How did I miss this event? Oh my goodness…cheese! This looks amazing. Squirrel always adds jalapeño slices to his mac. Love this. Pinned!

  7. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says

    Mmmm I am totally on this cheese/pepper kick right now so this is RIGHT up my alley. Love!