Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Enjoy this exciting and tasty twist on a family-friendly classic during National Family Meal Month!

  • 16 oz. package of dried elbow macaroni
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, cubed or grated
  • 1 cup Colby Jack cheese, cubed or grated
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, stems and seeds removed, and diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) creamed corn
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cool water. Pour cooked macaroni into large casserole dish. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add salt, pepper, mustard and flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Slowly stir in milk, and whisk sauce for 5-7 minutes, until sauce thickens.
  5. Remove pan from heat and stir in 2 cups of cheese, diced jalapeno pepper, and creamed corn. Stir until cheese has melted.
  6. Pour sauce over macaroni and stir. Sprinkle additional cheese on top.
  7. Bake at 350°F, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.

You can adjust the amount of jalapeno depending on your tolerance for spice. One jalapeno will add some good flavor. Two jalapenos will heat up family dinnertime!

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