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Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese in a skillet.

Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese Recipe

Creamy macaroni with Pepper Jack sauce! Classic dish that everyone loves, with a little kick.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Pepper Jak mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 312 kcal
Author Anna

Ingredients

for the mac and cheese:

  • 4 oz macaroni pasta uncooked
  • 1.5 Tbsp unsalted or salted butter
  • 1.5 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 c whole milk
  • 1.5 c grated Pepper Jack cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers

for the crunchy topping:

  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1/4 c breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 c crushed tortilla chips
  • slices jalapeno

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni according to the instructions on the package. Drain, let sit covered.
  2. In a large skillet (I used 11" cast iron skillet), melt butter.
  3. Add flour and whisk it in. Cook for 30 to 40 seconds on medium heat, until the flour absorbs the butter and bubbles up.
  4. Gradually add milk, slowly pouring 1/4 of a cup at a time, letting the sauce thicken after each addition. Repeat until all milk is added.
  5. Add cheese and stir in with a wooden spoon until the cheese is melted.
  6. Add macaroni and stir in until all macaroni is coated with creamy cheese sauce.
  7. Add salt, pepper and crushed red peppers.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. In a large mixing cup, stir together melted butter, breadcrumbs and crushed tortilla chips. Sprinkle over the mac and cheese.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the edges start to bubble.
  11. Garnish with jalapeno slices.
  12. Let sit 5 minutes.
  13. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Recipe source: CrunchyCreamySweet.com

Nutrition Facts
Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 167mg7%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.